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RE: Adobe Announces Acrobat 5.0 -- Support for Accessibility

From: Mike Paciello <paciello@ma.ultranet.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2001 08:37:44 -0500
To: "Jim Tobias" <tobias@inclusive.com>, <webwatch@yahoogroups.com>
Cc: "WAI IG" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <LPBBLAFOCBGBPOEHHLNGMEMOEAAA.paciello@ma.ultranet.com>
I'm not aware of any tool that supports this functionality.

My opinion is that we need to approach the creation of accessible PDF
documents the same way we did in the documentation publishing industry --
and that is simply to insure that every image contains an associated
caption, label, or title. In situations where the image requires additional
explanation, then an appropriate longer description should be contained
within the surrounding text. This places the responsibility on the writer,
the rightful owner.

When we created ICADD several years ago, we included an element called
<FIGDESC> for this very purpose. That element is part of the ICADD-22 DTD
which itself is part of the American Association of Publishers DTD for
creating books of any form.

We allowed for the possibility that writers and editor might not include
<figdesc> and the required explanation. As a result, specific instructions
to braille transcribers are included within the DTD.

-Mike

> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On
> Behalf Of Jim Tobias
> Sent: Tuesday, March 13, 2001 8:01 AM
> To: paciello@ma.ultranet.com; webwatch@yahoogroups.com
> Cc: WAI IG
> Subject: RE: Adobe Announces Acrobat 5.0 -- Support for Accessibility
>
>
> Hi All,
>
> This is good news, but there's one feature I've been looking for --
> the ability to add something like ALT text so that when the access
> plug-in removes the image, it is replaced by the corresponding text.
> Does anyone know if Acrobat 5.0 has this feature, or does any other
> similar mainstream application have this capability?
>
> Thanks in advance.
>
> Jim
>
> Jim Tobias
> Inclusive Technologies
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> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org]On
> > Behalf Of Mike Paciello
> > Sent: Tuesday, March 13, 2001 12:47 AM
> > To: webwatch@yahoogroups.com
> > Cc: WAI IG
> > Subject: Adobe Announces Acrobat 5.0 -- Support for Accessibility
> >
> >
> > Hi --
> >
> > Adobe officially announced the release of Acrobat 5.0. The
> complete press
> > release and product description can be found at:
> > http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/main.html and additional
> information
> > at: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/solutionsacc.html
> >
> > I've extracted the information concerning Acrobat and PDF accessibility
> > below:
> >
> >
> > Make Documents Accessible
> >
> > Acrobat 5.0 software lets you create Adobe PDF documents that are
> > accessible
> > to those with disabilities.
> >
> > Support for high- contrast- Acrobat fully supports high- contrast
> > settings,
> > which enable workers with low vision impairments to more easily
> read Adobe
> > PDF documents.
> >
> > Support for screen readers- Acrobat 5.0 lets you create
> documents that are
> > compatible with third- party, Windows- based screen readers, such
> > as Henter-
> > Joyce's JAWS and Window- Eyes from GW Micro, Inc. Screen readers
> > synthesize
> > text into speech.
> >
> > Keyboard shortcuts- Acrobat Reader software enables functionality to be
> > controlled through keyboard shortcuts, making it easier for
> people with a
> > broad range of disabilities to take full advantage of Acrobat.
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > Mike
> >
> >
> > Mike Paciello
> > Founder and CTO
> > WebABLE, Inc.
> > +1 603.882.4122
> > www.webable.com
> > paciello@webable.com
> >
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