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Re: accessible PDFs?

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn-hwg@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Dec 1998 10:16:36 -0800
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To: "Kristine M. Bradow" <kbradow@ece.eng.wayne.edu>
Cc: W3C Interest Group <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, Bob Erlandson <rerlands@ece.eng.wayne.edu>
The Harvey Mudd College policy is to avoid using PDF whenever
possible, and if we _do_ use it, to describe the file's contents,
size, and format; provide links to the Adobe page for downloading
a reader; and always have a link to http://access.adobe.com/ which
has a crude conversion utility.

Our policy is (for now) at:


It's not yet fully implemented on our site because, hey, I just
wrote it last week. :)

At 12:59 p.m. 12/23/98 -0500, Kristine M. Bradow wrote:
>I need to put some documents up on the web that the people I work with
>can download from the web. I was planning on just putting the documents
>in *.pdf format and inserting a link to the Adobe Acrobat reader page,
>but I thought that I'd ask and see how such a solution rates in terms of
>accessibility--what, if any, accessibility problems would requiring a
>plug-in like Acrobat create? If it would present a problem, can any of
>you offer an alternative? Converting the gross amount of literature that
>I need to put up into HTML creates a formatting nightmare that I'd
>prefer to avoid if possible--especially since some of the documents are
>not all just text.
>Thanks and Happy Holidays,
>Kristine Bradow
>Enabling Technologies Laboratory
>Wayne State University
>Detroit, MI
Kynn Bartlett  <kynn@idyllmtn.com>             http://www.idyllmtn.com/~kynn/
Chief Technologist & Co-Owner, Idyll Mountain Internet; Fullerton, California
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