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A Guide to PDF and accessibility

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This full-length guide to PDF and accessibility is designed for organizations producing PDF files and for assistive technology practitioners to better-understand PDF accessibility issues. Article courtesy: Claro Software

This is a guide to PDF, how it affects people trying to use assistive technology (A.T.) with it, and what can be done. It assumes familiarity with A.T., whether a screenreader or magnifier or reading toolbar like ClaroRead, and with Adobe Reader. It is designed for organizations producing PDF files and for A.T. practitioners to better understand the issues. It may be of use to Adobe Reader users who want to understand how best to approach PDFs.

Chapter 1 describes PDF, how it fits into business processes, and why it is popular. It tells you how you can approach the production of accessible PDF files.

Chapter 2 describes the specific technical problems with PDF for the “traditional” screenreader user, why it can be hard to use, and the solution (tags) that Adobe has invented to help.

Chapter 3 describes how Adobe Reader handles a PDF and the implications for how a PDF should be structured.

Chapter 4 catalogues the visual display options for Adobe Reader and how they interact with the accessibility features.

Chapter 5 provides a set of “best” settings for Adobe Reader or for accessible PDF files.

Read the entire guide online. Click here.