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RE: PDFs and Link

From: Mike Scott <mscott@msfw.com>
Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2000 14:17:21 -0600
To: "Massey, Nancy" <nmassey@postoffice.dca.net>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

Adobe has a white paper called "Optimizing Adobe PDF Files for
Accessibility" (http://access.adobe.com/white-paper.html). It includes some
very basic Optimization Guidelines.

My initial experience with the Adobe Access Plug-in has been quite positive.
The limitations are similar those of the early web screen readers, e.g.
graphics without descriptions and complex multi-column layout are the main
problems. I believe some of their future enhancements will focus on
identifying the appropriate reading order for complex layouts. For now,
simple (single-column or uncomplicated multi-column) documents convert very
well for use with a screen reader.


-----Original Message-----
From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On
Behalf Of Massey, Nancy
Sent: Wednesday, December 06, 2000 9:18 AM
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: Re: PDFs and Link


I am intrigued by your comment of "good PDF". Up until recently I have not
had occasion to need to create PDF's for clients, but will be very shortly.
Can you suggest any resources where I might learn more about good vs bad


At 10:19 PM 12/05/2000, Charles McCathieNevile wrote:
>Officially, the Adobe thing works. Practically it works too - it translates
>PDF into HTML. How useful the resulting HTML is depends a lot on the
>PDF - some PDF can be translated into extremely useful content, other PDF
>turns out more or less pointless.
>Authoring good HTML or authoring good PDF is preferable - it is possible to
>use both formats to make something that is more or less useless to readers.
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