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RE: All Set With Access

From: Bruce Bailey <bbailey@clark.net>
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2000 10:05:23 -0500
To: "Neff, Robert" <Robert.Neff@usmint.treas.gov>
Cc: "Web Accessibility Initiative" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <001d01bf717c$c242bbe0$1aac66a7@151877>

I know you are a champion of making PDF accessible and have worked through
many of the struggles.  I hope you won't mind if I use this as an example.
I figured that the file you sent would be an example of extremely
screen-reader friendly Acrobat file.  I must now assume that someone else
did the work!

Is the accessinvite.pdf file you posted to the WAI EO/GL lists available by
public URL?

I am a little bit concerned that the "Access for All" pdf brochure you
included is actually an example of a fairly inaccessible Acrobat Reader
document!  Is this the best Adobe can do?  Reading that brochure with the
Access Plug-in reveals significant problems -- and this is a relatively
simple document!

1)  The file does not include any alternative representation of the graphic.
Do the latest (4x) tools have anything equivalent to HTML's ALT attribute?

2)  The text on the first page is convoluted.

3)  The second page (two columns) is pretty much unreadable as the "Access
View" ignores the vertical bar and text is read across the page!  There are
also a few non-printable artifacts.

I've attached the text-export from Acrobat Reader 4.05 of the file below.

I don't mean to embarrass you, but that this would slip through really
alarms me!

Thanks for your work.

Bruce Bailey

> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-gl-request@w3.org]On
> Behalf Of Neff, Robert
> Sent: Friday, February 04, 2000 1:52 PM
> To: 'w3c-wai-eo@w3.org'; 'w3c-wai-gl@w3.org'
> Subject: FW: All Set With Access
> I will be participating as a keynote in this presentation and the PDF
> version is at the bottom, but here is the text.
> Access for All
> Meeting the Challenge: Accessibility Guidelines
> The Rehabilitation Act Amendments of 1992
> Section 508: Electronic and Information
> Technology Accessibility Guidelines
> A Seminar Hosted by the Internal Revenue Service and Sponsored by Adobe
> Systems, Incorporated
> Friday, February 11, 2000
> 9: 30 to Noon
> Hosted by
> The Internal Revenue Service
> IRS Main Auditorium
> 1111 Constitution Avenue, NW
> Washington, DC 20224
> Take Metro to Federal Triangle
> The IRS Auditorium is wheelchair accessible, all proceedings will be
> signed for the benefit of the hearing impaired. Copies of the
>  <<accessinvite.pdf>> Hi Rob,

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