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Re: Screen-reader updates


From: Derek Featherstone
Date: Feb 22, 2006 3:40PM

On 2/22/06, Joshue O Connor wrote:

>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?

Does it have to be either party's responsibility? Again - I suggest that
the highest responsibility lies with the author in choosing the most
accessible format available. And if PDF isn't it, then the author should
not choose to publish in that format.

Sure, its possible that Adobe could add some form of MathML support into
PDF. Sure, its possible that Freedom Scientific et al, could add even
*more* capabilities into their products that are already overloaded with
features to compensate for crappy web authoring.

But honestly - would this not be best left as an authoring issue?

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