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From: Gijs Veyfeyken
Date: Nov 28, 2014 1:31AM


Apple doesn't support PDF tags.
All the structural information in tags (tables, headings, lists, alt-texts, etcetera) is lost for VoiceOver users.
Not only in iOS but also in Mac OS.
http://duff-johnson.com/2013/03/01/inaccessible-by-choice-pdf-on-macos

Gijs

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> Date: 26 Nov 2014 20:37:08 CET
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> HI Everyone,
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> My last discussion got me thinking about PDFs, iphones and android phones.
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> 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...
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> 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.
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> Cheers
>
> Lisa
>
> PS-Two articles were of particular interest:
> I found a couple of articles that peaked my interest:
> http://webguide.gov.au/accessibility-usability/accessibility/pdf-accessibility/
> https://www.ssbbartgroup.com/blog/2013/09/06/pdf-accessibility-on-mobile-devices/
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