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Re: Optimizing PDF files for Accessibility

From: Jeffrey Pledger <jpledger@mindspring.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2000 21:10:35 -0500
Message-Id: <4.1.20000124210519.009b5490@pop.mindspring.com>
To: Melinda Morris-Black <melinda@ink.org>, Accessibility Listserve <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
While this is a start in making PDF documents more accessible, it is only a
start.  The problem in sending out a document over the net to a web site to
get an email back is the limitation usually associated with attachments for
email systems.  The problem with the plug-in on your pc is that this works
for files which are translated localy on the PC.  The bigger problem as I
see it is having web pages with forms designed using the PDF format without
taking into consideration the accessibility factors needed.  Many mor
webmasters need to become aware of the issues associated with the
inaccessibility of using PDF formats for forms designed over the web.  

	A way around this would be to have the form also provided in html format
as well as PDF format and let the end user choose which file format to use
for the form.  

Jeff Pledger 
President, ABLE TV At 10:00 AM 1/24/2000 -0600, Melinda Morris-Black wrote:
>Here's a link to a white paper addressing Adobe PDF accessibility
>It appears that Adobe has an Access plug-in for Windows, in addition to
>a site that translates PDF files on the fly.
>Information Architect
>Information Networks of Kansas
>FON: (785) 296-5143
>PCS: (785) 550-7345
>FAX: (785) 296-5563
Received on Monday, 24 January 2000 21:12:56 UTC

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