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Re: Optimizing PDF files for Accessibility

From: Glenda Watson Hyatt <Glenda@eaglecom.bc.ca>
Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2000 17:17:21 -0800
Message-ID: <388E4B21.2B176F93@eaglecom.bc.ca>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

This is a timely discussion, as today I'm writing a brief article for my
newsletter to introduce web designers to the accessibility issues around
PDF files.  So...thanks.

On a personal note, although I am not visually impaired, I have had
problems with forms done in PDF format.  I am not able to write legibly,
so forms are not as simple as "print and fill out".  It is *quite*
possible I'm missing a simple step or I don't have the most current
acrobat reader or whatever, but...for the life of me, I have not figured
out how to fill out forms while in the reader (assuming that is even
doable.  I end up either using my old typewriter (the one people don't
know why I keep) to complete the form...or I print it, scan it, recreate
it in Word and then complete it.  That is a lot of work!  As I said,
perhaps I'm missing something...and please let me know if I am. 
However, I don't consider myself a newbie and I tried evrything I could
think of to save myself from recreating a 17-page application.  If this
task is possible, perhaps it is not as obvious or simple as it could
be.  I would have preferred downloading a text file in those instances.

Glenda Watson Hyatt
Soaring Eagle Communications
"Creating freedom and power through accessible communications"
E Mail: mailto:Glenda@eaglecom.bc.ca
Website: http://www.eaglecom.bc.ca
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