Defining PDF Accessibility
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Adobe, Acrobat, and PDF
Adobe, Acrobat, and PDF are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same. The relationship between these terms is similar to the relationship between Microsoft, Word, and DOC(X).
- Adobe is a company; they are the creators of PDF (the format) and Acrobat (the product).
- Acrobat describes a series of tools created by Adobe for viewing, creating, and editing PDF files.
- PDF is a format or type of document. Its main purpose is to preserve the formatting of a document. It was created by Adobe but is now an open format that can be created and displayed by other programs.
There are 3 Acrobat Tools:
- Acrobat Reader allows user to view and interact with a PDF (including the accessibility features of a PDF), but it cannot be used to create new PDFs or edit existing ones.
- Acrobat Standard adds the ability to create a PDF, along with other features like converting a scanned PDF to a searchable file. However, you cannot view or edit accessibility information.
- Acrobat Pro is the only version of Acrobat that can be used to view and edit the accessibility information of a PDF.