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Re: PDFs and JAWS


From: ckrugman@sbcglobal.net
Date: Jul 31, 2011 11:27PM

this could be caused by the version of JAWSs that is being used or the
settings used regarding how JAWS reads the document. When you open a PDF
file with JAWS there are several choices for the JAWS user to determine how
the document is read. These choices should be experimented with when
difficulty arises in reading a PDF document. The later versions of JAWS have
markedly improved in the handling of PDF files.
----- Original Message -----
From: "David Ashleydale" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
To: "WebAIM Discussion List" < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Sent: Monday, July 11, 2011 2:21 PM
Subject: [WebAIM] PDFs and JAWS

> Hi,
> I've noticed that when I listen to a PDF using JAWS, it generally reads
> one
> line at a time instead of one sentence at a time (or until a certain
> number
> of characters have been read). Is this expected Adobe Reader behavior, or
> is
> there a way to create a PDF so that it reads more like a web page?
> For example, if there is a PDF formatted like this:
> Temperatures in the Northeast (pause)
> will rise into the 80s and 90s, (pause)
> and into the 90s and 100s in (pause)
> the Southeast. Temperatures (pause)
> in the Southern Plains and the (pause)
> Southwest will rise into the 90s (pause)
> and 100s, and into the 80s in (pause)
> the Northwest. (pause)
> JAWS will pause at the end of each line and wait for the user to hit the
> down arrow before reading the next line. I have indicated this by putting
> the word "pause" at the end of each line.
> Is there a way for me to format the PDF so that it reads entire sentences
> without pausing for line breaks?
> Thanks,
> David