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[Solved] PDF Document Accessibility is sketchy  

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Leah Shaull
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14/06/2019 4:00 pm  

https://alistapart.com/article/pdf_accessibility/

"The goal of the accessibility advocate is to improve accessibility for people with disabilities, period. We’re not interested in making only HTML web pages accessible. The entirety of web content is our purview, and that includes formats like PDF and indeed Flash."

It's completely insane that accessibility and basic rights for PwD is still being treated as a luxury. There are ADA guidelines for physical businesses to be accessible, there are WCAG guidelines for websites to be accessible, how are there not the same guidelines for PDF? OVERLAYS CANNOT MAKE PDFS ACCESSIBLE.


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Melissa Kerr
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21/06/2019 3:19 pm  

Hey Leah, I agree! I found a little hack to work with screen readers when you make an interactive pdf, but the issue there is that you have to highlight the text and then voice over begins. But I dont have the ability to highlight text, the document is still not accessible. We all need to push for more accessibility capabilities across all communication platforms!

Melissa Kerr
Art Director, Blndspt
melissa.kerr@blndspt.com


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Leah Shaull
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24/06/2019 4:07 pm  

Good to know Melissa. My research didn't heed amazing results but I did at least find this tip.....

"If exported from Word, make the Word document accessible first. Open the exported PDF in a current version of Acrobat Pro, and use its accessibility features to adjust the document. Use the reading order feature in Acrobat Pro to adjust the order in which the parts of each page are read, if necessary."

- https://pressbooks.library.ryerson.ca/dabp/wp-content/uploads/sites/35/2018/04/Accessibility_Interview_Questions.pdf


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