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Re: Saving as Web Page (HTML) instead of PDF-unencrypt


From: Jason Kiss
Date: Feb 18, 2020 1:00PM

I've got no affiliation with it, but the Document Accessibility Toolbar (DAT) for Word (Windows only) from Vision Australia produces very clean HTML from well-structured Word docs: https://www.visionaustralia.org/services/digital-access/document-accessibility-toolbar <https://www.visionaustralia.org/services/digital-access/document-accessibility-toolbar>

It's got other useful features, too, but the Word-to-HTML conversion is great.

> On 19/02/2020, at 8:08 AM, glen walker < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> Ignoring how Word saves as HTML for the moment, the general concept that
> HTML is more accessible than PDF is true. If you can provide an HTML
> version of a document instead of PDF or Word, that would be ideal.
> Saving as HTML from Word might give you a starting point, but as Steve
> said, the HTML that Word generates is usually not great.
> On Tue, Feb 18, 2020 at 8:54 AM Steve Green < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
> wrote:
>> No, don't do that!!! The resulting html is absolutely disgusting garbage
>> and is not fixable in a sensible timeframe.
>> Steve Green
>> Managing Director
>> Test Partners Ltd
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: WebAIM-Forum < <EMAIL REMOVED> > On Behalf Of
>> Adam Kosakowski via WebAIM-Forum
>> Sent: 18 February 2020 15:47
>> Cc: Adam Kosakowski < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
>> Subject: [WebAIM] Saving as Web Page (HTML) instead of PDF-unencrypt
>> Hello all!
>> PDF remediation is a nightmare and HTML is just more accessible in
>> general. So, when we have a Word document, why don't we save as a Web Page
>> (HTML) instead of a PDF when we're looking to create an accessible
>> "official documents?" Is anyone recommending that companies to this when
>> they consult with them? I know there are some differences when saving as
>> HTML, like the loss of columns; and I'm still exploring these, but before I
>> jump down this rabbit hole, I really wanted to see if anyone else was
>> encouraging their document creators to save as Web Pages.
>> Any thoughts?
>> Best,
>> Adam Kosakowski
>> Assistive Technology Specialist
>> NEAT Center at Oak Hill
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