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Re: Screen-reader updates


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?


Joshue O Connor

Web Accessibility Consultant

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

Tel: +353 1 8821915

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.