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From: Sarah Ferguson
Date: Jun 20, 2019 12:22PM


I have also noticed an issue with headings in Word not showing up
consistently in PDFs like they used to. It has to do with versions, because
if I use Word on my PC, it works every time. If I use my Macbook and use
the Adobe tab in Word instead of the the save as PDF route, it works. On
our Mac desktops, it doesn't work. Every computer is using Office 2019
professional, but they have slight differences for platform or 32/64 bit.
I've complained about it for maybe 2 years now.

Sarah Ferguson
Web Accessibility Specialist





On Wed, Jun 19, 2019 at 3:36 PM David Engebretson Jr. <
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> Yah, it takes a knowledge of parametric equations to find the needle
> sometimes.
>
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> Transmit From Word To PDF
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> Duff, here's great example of the problems we're seeing on the Adobe open
> forums.
> https://forums.adobe.com/message/11130092
>
> Having been through similar problems in our shop, I'm leaning toward it
> being software problems with any combination of these programs:
>
> —The source (authoring) program, such as MS Word or Adobe InDesign.
>
> —The conversion utility that created the PDF, such as PDF Maker (Acrobat
> Ribbon) or MS export utility.
>
> —Acrobat DC Pro, which she's using to check and correct the PDF.
>
> —The screen reader software programs.
>
> It's like looking for a needle buried in a haystack.
>
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> Transmit From Word To PDF
>
> I’m not against naming & shaming vendors that do the wrong thing… so long
> as the problem can be clearly and convincingly demonstrated.
>
> Indeed, this industry (and its users) suffers because the very same users
> (remediators, customers, AT users) are mostly (with the very honorable
> exception of Karen and some others) willing to put up with whatever dogfood
> the software vendors are serving. This is no less true for AT vendors than
> it is for the big companies.
>
> > I've started documenting some of the "crappy" tagging we're seeing from
> all applications:
> > https://www.karlencommunications.com/DocumentRemediation.htm
> > <https://www.karlencommunications.com/DocumentRemediation.htm>
>
> Once I am done with stuff on my immediate plate I will be happy to look at
> this.
>
> > I'll send you as many examples as you need. Am currently working on how
> Footnotes/Endnotes are being lumped together and read as a single unit when
> you land on the first one in a document.
>
> So it’s tagged that way? That is bizarre, and no standard suggests that
> such would be correct.
>
> > Am seeing if this tagging behaviour is unique to the Microsoft and
> Acrobat Pro DC tagging tools or if Foxit Phantom for Business and Nuance
> PowerPDF also produce this type of accessibility barrier.
>
> As always, I will have two questions...
>
> 1) Is the content tagged correctly (i.e., per the document’s semantics /
> PDF/UA), and
> 2) Is the interpreting software getting it wrong (i.e., even if it’s
> correctly tagged)
>
> As you know, I insist on distinguishing between these two questions, as
> (in my view) it’s the only way to determine who needs to do what.
>
> > For the scanned documents, I can send you all the sample files off list
> as there are about 15 of them and they won't fit in an e-mail, even
> attached to the PDF document about scanned documents.
>
> Links are fine….
>
> > Phillip and I have chronicled the problems in response to the original
> post with this subject line. He did list some of the things I missed so
> merging the lists will give you a good idea on the problems we are
> encountering.
>
> OK
>
> Duff.
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