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Re: Acrobat Accessibility Check vs. PAC 3.0?

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From: Alan Zaitchik
Date: Jul 31, 2018 6:51AM


Bevi,
I have found that the free CommonLook Validator plugin finds a lot more issues that Acrobat’s Accessibility Checker. (And you can select the standards you’re checking against.)
Even allowing for fact that some reported failures may be false positives, is there a reason not to start with Validator?
(I have no experience with PAC 3.0.)
A

> On Jul 30, 2018, at 6:59 PM, < <EMAIL REMOVED> > < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
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> We find that no one tool finds everything.
> We recommend that our clients run the Acrobat checker first, correct the
> errors it finds, and then run PAC3.
> Acrobat does not find all errors...not even close!
> Wish it did a better job, though.
>
> --Bevi Chagnon
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: WebAIM-Forum < <EMAIL REMOVED> > On Behalf Of
> Tomlins Diane
> Sent: Monday, July 30, 2018 3:40 PM
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> Subject: [WebAIM] Acrobat Accessibility Check vs. PAC 3.0?
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> 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
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