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RE: PDF Question

From: Dave J Woolley <DJW@bts.co.uk>
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2000 11:56:44 +0100
Message-ID: <81E4A2BC03CED111845100104B62AFB5824817@stagecoach.bts.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

> I have a gov't form that needs to be included on a web site. I have the
> form as
> a PDF. The PDF is even in secure mode so that it cannot be altered in any
> way. I
> know that I am not supposed to rely on the PDF and am to include an HTML
> substitute for it. But the thing is only valid in it's original format.
> 
> 
	[DJW:]  If the form needs to be printed and filled in by hand,
	I would say that PDF was the best format.  The only other permitted
	format that would allow this is GIF, and  that is much much worse
	than PDF when it comes to accessiblity of text content!  If
necessary,
	pretend it is an image and provide D links, etc.

	Before you can move it to HTML you need to establish the
	principle of electronic submission of the data.  As it is, the
	chances are that processing the data in any layout except that
	guaranteed by the page description will be quite expensive for
	the government department that handles it.  In some cases, they
	may even OCR the data.
Received on Wednesday, 19 July 2000 07:04:55 GMT

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