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Re: PDF remediation


From: Josh Schroder
Date: Oct 19, 2017 11:06AM

I'm a big fan of CommonLook PDF.
It's essentially a very expensive plugin for acrobat that makes things WAY faster.

Here are some reasons why:
1 -- It makes quick work of generating properly tagged tables and lists
2 -- It's pretty good at linearizing tables
3 -- It can merge tags where needed
4 -- There's an extensive set of keyboard shortcuts, which are much faster than using a mouse
5 -- The automated checker is vastly superior to Acrobat
6 -- A PDF "integrity validator" is included, which can correct problems with anomalous or otherwise corrupt files

And some caveats:
1 -- Not a replacement for Acrobat, but an enhancement
2 -- Creating fillable forms still requires some work in Acrobat
3 -- OCR still needs to be done in Acrobat
4 -- It's not great at tagging nested lists, so it does require some intervention, but still faster than doing it manually

Josh Schroder
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Josh Schroder
Web Administrator II
Office of Strategic Communications
Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation
(512) 936-8937

-----Original Message-----
From: WebAIM-Forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Sarah Ferguson
Sent: Thursday, October 19, 2017 12:01 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] PDF remediation

Denis, I mostly use Acrobat Pro, as well. It is very buggy and crashes a lot. I'm training others to use Acrobat and it's a huge learning curve for a lot of them. I haven't tried too many other tools for several years, because I wasn't happy with them back then. I'm playing around in CommonLook, PAVE, axesPDF so far to see how they do. Just wondering what else is worth trying. I'd love to have an easy to use alternative for people whose eyes glaze over with Adobe or for days when Adobe just won't stop crashing (it does seem to have good days and bad days).

Lisa, I will look into that one, thanks! I think I once tried an older version of it, but it's worth seeing how they have improved.


On Thu, Oct 19, 2017 at 12:37 PM, L Snider < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> Hi Sarah,
> You may have used this already, but it is a great checker (in addition
> to Acrobat Pro's features) that works with the Matterhorn Protocol:
> http://www.access-for-all.ch/ch/pdf-werkstatt/pdf-
> accessibility-checker-pac.html
> Cheers
> Lisa
> On Thu, Oct 19, 2017 at 11:15 AM, Sarah Ferguson < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
> wrote:
> > What is/are everyone's favorite tool(s) for making PDFs accessible
> > and
> why?
> >
> > I'm not talking about services, just tools for doing it yourself.
> > I've
> used
> > several over the years, but I'm wondering if there are any hidden
> > gems
> out
> > there :)
> >
> >
> > Sarah
> > > > > > archives at http://webaim.org/discussion/archives
> > > >
> > > archives at http://webaim.org/discussion/archives
> >