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Re: Thoughts on PDF Accessibility


From: Rick Davies
Date: Sep 27, 2019 1:18PM

Hi Bevi,

That's a great post from you below, as always.

"HHS has a good checklist at

Is that a bad link, or am I suffering from Fridayitis? If the former, might you have a better one?

Thank you for your v. helpful post,


On 9/27/2019 2:11 PM, <EMAIL REMOVED> wrote:
> For starters, PDF accessibility is defined by the ISO 14289-1 (PDF/UA-1)
> standards so a review of them would be essential.
> As yet, there isn't an official how-to guide from the PDF/UA committee (or
> any other authoritative entity) on the steps to make a PDF accessible or how
> to check a PDF for compliance or what to check.
> However, the PDF Association released a syntax guide that can be helpful.
> It's designed for programmers who write software that creates PDFs, not for
> content creators and remediators, but if you glean through the programming
> blah blah you'll find quite a bit of useful information on how a complaint
> PDF should be tagged.
> Download a copy from the PDF Association's website,
> https://www.pdfa.org/resource/tagged-pdf-best-practice-guide-syntax/
> We have a 12-point checklist for content creators and remediators to check
> the major accessibility points of PDFs at
> https://www.pubcom.com/books/bevi_cheatsheet/cheatsheet-accessdocs.shtml
> There are many more nuances involved, but these are the big ones.
> HHS has a good checklist at
> https://www.hhs.gov/web/section-508/making-files-accessible/checklist/pdf/in
> dex.html
> --Bevi Chagnon
> (US delegate to the PDF/UA ISO standards committee and member of the PDF
> Association)
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: WebAIM-Forum < <EMAIL REMOVED> > On Behalf Of
> Ramshif Richu
> Sent: Friday, September 27, 2019 12:50 AM
> Subject: [WebAIM] Thoughts on PDF Accessibility
> Hi all, was just wondering when going through PDF accessibility..
> there has been so many ways and techniques that should make the PDF
> accessible, as a newbie, would like to know what not to test when testing
> PDF accessibility? anyone has any thoughts on 'What's not to test when
> testing PDF documents'.
> Any though will be appreciated.
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