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Re: PDF and Run Together Text


From: Duff Johnson
Date: Jan 27, 2011 1:33PM

On Jan 27, 2011, at 9:54 AM, Andrews, David B B (DEED) wrote:

> I have a PDF that visually looks correct, I am told. The Master was done in Quark Express, and a PDF exported. Accessibility elements, (alt-text) etc. was done in Acrobat, reading order, tables etc. Everything is fine except that in speech and Braille some of the words in regular text portions are run together without spaces. I have seen this before, many times and don't know the cause, or solution.

This is difficult to evaluate without seeing the file itself. Feel free to send it to me directly for review.

Absent that, my first thought is: "Quark? Oh no!" Tagged PDF from a Quark source can be very tough - opening in InDesign and converting to PDF from there generally produces better results (from an accessibility point of view).

The problem: there are about 35 ways in which authoring applications can create text on a PDF page, and not all of them are conducive to accessibility.

Duff Johnson
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