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PDFs and Smartphones-A Match Not Made in Heaven?


From: L Snider
Date: Nov 26, 2014 12:37PM

HI Everyone,

My last discussion got me thinking about PDFs, iphones and android phones.

I can make a pretty accessible PDF (using a pretty accessible Word doc).
However, I am now researching PDFs and smartphones, which don't seem that
smart now...

I have read about apps that might help with 'reading' the PDF, but in the
end are PDFs doomed? What if one needs to use a PDF that has tables, etc.
for a specific use, ie: a handbook that does not lend itself to html?

I can still produce my lovely pretty accessible PDF, but if a mobile user
who has VoiceOver reads it, then they rely on reading order alone for the
most part? Would love to hear what all of you think and what you are doing
with your PDFs.



PS-Two articles were of particular interest:
I found a couple of articles that peaked my interest: