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Re: Acrobat Accessibility Check vs. PAC 3.0?


From: L Snider
Date: Jul 30, 2018 2:00PM

Hi Diane,

In my experience, PAC is not used by most people, even though it is a great
program! I use both Mac and PC, and it is annoying that I have to pull out
my PC to use it. This is my experience only and I find it depends where one
lives. In Europe it is used a lot, but other countries, it depends...

One thing to ask...if they are sending you documents that passed PAC, may I
ask what errors you found in Acrobat? In my view, that should not be
happening, as PAC is way more detailed than Acrobat's checker (people will
correct me if I am wrong, but Acrobat came from WCAG and S508 and PAC from
Matterhorn Protocol but Acrobat also checks some of it too). In my
experience with PAC 2 and 3, it won't pass easily (and of course we
acknowledge that neither program can (yet) check for colour, alt goodness,



On Mon, Jul 30, 2018 at 2:39 PM, Tomlins Diane <
<EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> Hi everyone,
> Looking for some feedback on these 2 tools. We have a vendor that is
> telling us NOT to use Acrobat's A11y check tool, and to instead use PAC
> 3.0. In house, we've been using Acrobat since we don't yet have an
> Enterprise solution for PDFs.
> The vendor states that PAC is the industry standard and "Acrobat should
> not be used for a checker - That is the reason they were getting so many
> errors when in fact it was passing when run through the PAC site."
> So, what might be the reason for what they think are marked differences
> between what PAC reports as pass/fail/errors vs. Acrobat ? Is it better to
> use them in tandem? I'm not crazy about a vendor admonishing us to only
> use the tool THEY use. I have reviewed PDF's they send back to us as
> 'passed' and the document will have failures in Acrobat.
> The other wrinkle with PAC is it only works on Windows, and we a growing
> contingent of folks on Macs.
> Thanks!
> Diane R Tomlins
> HCA IT&S | Digital Media
> Accessibility SME
> > > > >