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RE: inaccessible pdf files


From: John E. Brandt
Date: Nov 24, 2005 11:00AM

If the document is designed correctly - that is, laid out in correct order
and run through the accessibility checker in Acrobat - you should also be
able to convert the content into simple text using the Acrobat Reader. If
they did not design it correctly, the content may be out of logical order.
Also any images with out alternative attributes will be missed.

To be able to convert it to text, you need to open the document directly
with the Acrobat Reader and not through the browser plug-in.

John E. Brandt
Augusta, ME USA

-----Original Message-----
[mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Helen A
Sent: Thursday, November 24, 2005 12:08 PM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: RE: [WebAIM] inaccessible pdf files

it was triggered by a web page loading it Patrick. I didnt realise Acrobat
allowed things like that as I rarely use it. Thanks for the tip though.


At 15:43 24/11/2005, you wrote:
> > Helen A
> > I realise this is going to be thought off topic by some but I was
> > sent a catalogue on cd, the files being in pdf format. Normaly this
> > isnt a problem for me but this particular catalogue's text was at
> > best 25% grey on a white background!
>Helen, maybe I'm missing the point here, but: could you not override
>the document's colours?
>(in Acrobat 7: Edit > Preferences > Accessibility > Replace Document
>Colors and choose a suitable foreground/background combination)
>Patrick H. Lauke
>Web Editor / University of Salford
>Web Standards Project (WaSP) Accessibility Task Force
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