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Re: PDF remediation


From: Bim Egan
Date: Oct 19, 2017 11:39AM

OMG! That sounds like a miracle!

I've been struggling for years with Acrobat 9 using a combination of all
discoverable keyboard shortcuts with magnification at X16 for things that
are mouse essential. This year, Acrobat 9 seems to have taken a long
vacation. Even when I've added tags and everything seems good in Adobe
Reader, the file opens up as inaccessible in Acrobat. The resultant juggling
act made me give up on PDF remediation. No upgrade? No chance. I cannot cope
with ribbons. Call me T Rex for short :)

Thanks very much for this Josh. I doubt it would work with an ancient
Acrobat though. But it gives me hope for the future. A nice feeling on the
edge of retirement. Yup, both me and the Acrobat!



-----Original Message-----
From: WebAIM-Forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf
Of Josh Schroder
Sent: 19 October 2017 18:07
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: Re: [WebAIM] PDF remediation

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

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
> >
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