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Re: Question about paths generated after export of Worddoc toPDF


From: Chagnon | PubCom
Date: Sep 30, 2016 1:42PM

You're right, Duff. Thanks for the correction.

This is a problem with Microsoft or Microsoft + Adobe Acrobat (the exporter plug-in).

And yes, I've filed my bug reports. Zillions. For ages. Will we ever see it fixed?!!

--Bevi Chagnon

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From: WebAIM-Forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Duff Johnson
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Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Question about paths generated after export of Word doc to PDF

> This needs to be fixed by the screen reader applications.

It's more that authoring and/or PDF creation software needs to offer users the right tools and functionality:

- Invisible backgrounds should be marked as artifact.
- Graphics objects that convey information (which may include colored backgrounds, depending) must be tagged appropriately.

With properly structured files, AT (that understands tagged PDF) 'just works-.

> To force content creators to avoid using color backgrounds and borders is insane; these are often needed to clarify the information for those who are sighted.

Of course, authors need this flexibility, and it would be nuts to prohibit it.

As above, the problem with the authoring application, not the screen-reader.

Please, file your bugs in the general direction of the people who make the software that you use to make your PDFs.