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Re: Acrobat links


From: Chagnon | PubCom
Date: Jan 15, 2014 1:39PM

Kurtis wrote: " My first thought was: why does it have to be PDF? "

There are many reasons why PDF is preferred by government agencies,
corporations, and other entities. Here are a few:

1. It sort of locks the document from being changed (yes, I know there are
ways to get inside, but I'm talking about average users not hackers). For
regulations, legislation, procedures, manuals, archival documents, etc.,
this feature is essential for large organizations.

2. Although this is webAIM and we're concerned about accessibility, the
overwhelming majority of users of documents like this are fully sighted
(estimate is over 90% and probably close to 100%). Visual presentation is
critical for them to comprehend and use the document. More than 100 years'
worth of studies are available that prove sighted people do indeed judge
books by the appearance of the book's cover. The advertising industry spends
billions every year testing ways to visually present a product and its
advertising so that consumers will buy the product.

3. PDF can create a snapshot of critical documents like this that can be
archived. For governments, they are required to maintain an electronic paper
trail or history of regulations, procedures, etc. for reference in the
future. Corporations also want this feature from time to time.

4. One single PDF can be made of a whole collection of documents that makes
it very convenient for storage and reference. IT manages only one file.
Users access only one file yet have all the pieces they need.

HTML and native Word files don't provide these features and benefits either
quick enough, cheaply enough, or at all.

Kurtis wrote: " My second was: maybe PDF Open Parameters[1]? "
Can't control the landing on the exact page or text location, only opens the
PDF document itself.

-Bevi Chagnon
PubCom.com - Trainers, Consultants, Designers, and Developers.
Print, Web, Acrobat, XML, eBooks, and U.S. Federal Section 508
508 Workshop: www.workshop.pubcom.com
US Federal Training: www.gpo.gov/customers/theinstitute.htm

-----Original Message-----
From: Kroon, Kurtis@FTB [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 2:51 PM
Subject: RE: [WebAIM] Acrobat links

My first thought was: why does it have to be PDF?

My second was: maybe PDF Open Parameters[1]? They seem to work pretty well
in Adobe Reader 9 and above.


Kurtis Kroon
Analyst, Web Business Services
Franchise Tax Board


-----Original Message-----
From: Chagnon | PubCom [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 11:16
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: [WebAIM] Acrobat links

This situation comes up frequently for us and I'm wondering if anyone has a
good solution.

This is a multi-chapter document made up of several independent PDFs (tagged
and accessible). The 1st PDF in the series contains the Table of Contents
for the entire series.

When the user clicks the link in the Table of Contents, it opens the correct
PDF. That part is fine.

However, I'd like to take the user directly to the subhead within that PDF,
such as Heading 2 on page 9 in chapter 15.

Acrobat's linking tool only lets me open the PDF but won't let me set a
specific location or destination in that document.

Does anyone have a solution or recommendation?

FYI, this particular series of documents is in Word, totals more 1,000
pages, and will be posted on an agency's internal and external websites.
It's a fairly typical government reference manual.

-Bevi Chagnon