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From: Joshue O Connor
Date: Feb 22, 2006 9:00AM


What are Adobe doing about making mathematical equations and notations in PDF files,
accessible to screen reader users?

Or is this the responsibility of Freedom Scientific et al?

Josh

Joshue O Connor

Web Accessibility Consultant

**Centre for Inclusive Technology (CFIT)* *
National Council for the Blind of Ireland

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Derek Featherstone wrote:
> On 2/20/06, Wayne Dick wrote:
>
>
>>3) While MathML is not complete and not even the ACM uses it, it can
>>be translated easily to just about any medium human beings use to
>>read. Right now I can't make any sense out of mathematics in PDF.
>
>
> This is a good point and raises the issue that I think is most often
> glossed over from Joe's PDF article on A List Apart.
>
> "There are too many PDFs on the web. Most every PDF should be something
> other than PDF."
>
> Source: <http://www.alistapart.com/articles/pdf_accessibility/#overused>;
>
> Is this not a case where PDF as a delivery format is not the correct
> choice? Based on your experience, wouldn't you say that PDF is not
> suitable for the delivery of mathematical equations or notations?
>
> This isn't the fault of PDF, though. The responsibility here lies with
> the author that is choosing to publish in a format that is not suitable
> for their content.
>
> Best regards,
> Derek.