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RE: PDFs

From: John Morse <John.Morse@uk.circle.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2001 09:33:23 +0100
Message-ID: <FF919147E378D411B3C300508B1046D30126CBF5@GOATS>
To: "'Denise Wood'" <Denise.Wood@unisa.edu.au>, "'Access Systems'" <accessys@smart.net>, David Poehlman <poehlman1@home.com>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
i was at a presentaion that Adobe put on for the RNIB's web accessability
campaign in London last week 
some of these issues and others where pointed out by the audience
and the Adobe representatives seemed to take note
 
we shall see what happens...

John Morse 
Technical Strategist 
Euro RSCG Circle 
100 Victoria Street 
Bristol 
Bs1 6he 
p : 0117 311 7770 
m:07776 226520 

-----Original Message-----
From: Denise Wood [mailto:Denise.Wood@unisa.edu.au]
Sent: 24 October 2001 16:26
To: 'Access Systems'; David Poehlman
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: RE: PDFs



Thanks everyone for pointing out the problems in the "accessible" version of
Acrobat (V5). 

I must confess that when I responded to Steven's email re the report only
being in PDF format that I had not tried out a wide range of PDF documents
and certainly had only run this on a Pentium. I understand the issues
everyone has kindly pointed out about the very limited functionality
provided in Acrobat V5 and the assumption that everyone has access to higher
end systems. 

Do we have a mechanism for feeding this kind of stuff back to Adobe (or
other companies when we discover weaknesses in their proposed solutions for
accessibility)? Sure we can all email the companies individually - but would
a concerted coordinated approach have more impact?

Denise 

Dr Denise L Wood 
Lecturer: Professional Development (online teaching and learning) 
University of South Australia 
CE Campus, North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000 
Ph:    (61 8) 8302 2172 / (61 8) 8302 4472 (Tuesdays & Thursdays) 
Fax:  (61 8) 8302 2363 / (61 8) 8302 4390 
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Email:  Denise.Wood@unisa.edu.au 
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<http://www.unisanet.unisa.edu.au/staff/homepage.asp?Name=Denise.Wood>  



-----Original Message----- 
From: Access Systems [ mailto:accessys@smart.net <mailto:accessys@smart.net>
] 
Sent: Wednesday, 24 October 2001 5:00 AM 
To: David Poehlman 
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org; Joe Clark 
Subject: Re: PDFs 


On Tue, 23 Oct 2001, David Poehlman wrote: 

> it actually has less functionality in at least one respect than its 
> predecessor and that is that you cannot export documents from it into 
> html or text.  AS for upgrading, many do not have a choice.  It is 
> easier than ever before to produce accessible documents that are not 
> proprietary. 

I know the "Don't have a choice" issue for a number of reasons. 

ALSO I haven't been able to get the text output to work via the Linux OS. 
but that could be me.   
HOWEVER to get adobe to work in my firewalled enviorenment it has to be 
downloaded, internally ported to another machine, then run through an 
interperter (adobe) and it leaves me with no way to respond. 

See we do a lot of work in third world countries.. sometimes getting a 
2400baud connection is difficult.  so what ever comes in has to be a 
clean/tidy/robust system... windoz does not meet any of those criteria. 

I think a lot of us keep thinking everyone has a new Pentium processor 
running the latest software....one of my contacts at an independent living 
center in Nicaragua has an old 286 as their newest machine..this is a 
"WORLD" wide web and we are cutting off a lot of the world with all this 
fancy stuff. 

And when it comes to accessibility the third world needs it far more 
desperately than we do in the "have" part of the world.  upgrade happens 
when someone sends em a new (used) computer that actually works.  sure a 
lot of software is free, but it isn't if you don't have the memory to 
operate the free software...the new Windoz requires more memory to load in 
RAM as some of these folks have on thier hard drive. 

this is setting a minimum standard for access FOR THE WORLD not just North 
America and the EU.  if it will work in PINE (e-mail) or LYNX 
(browser) you can be pretty sure everyone can read it. 

getting down off my soapbox 

Bob 


> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Joe Clark" <joeclark@contenu.nu> 
> To: <w3c-wai-ig@W3.org>; <poehlman1@home.com> 
> Sent: Tuesday, October 23, 2001 2:52 PM 
> Subject: PDFs 
> 
> 
> >the question still remains because PDF is not considered to be 
> >accessible for the majority of individuals who use voice output. 
> 
> They'll have to upgrade. Time marches on, you know. 
> 
> >the only accessibility it affords in its latest incarnation is that 
> >which is derived from using windows 95 or higher with the latest 
> >screen access tools. 
> 
> Actually, Acrobat 5 or later used with any screen reader that can 
> manipulate Acrobat 5 will do an OK job muddling through even old 
> PDFs. Tagged PDFs, which are still very difficult to make, will read 
> out best of all, but a linear document like the Nielsen Norman report 
> will probably read adequately well. Tables and illustrations will 
> remain a problem, but the prose will be mostly accessible. None of 
> this was ever true with Acrobat 4 and earlier; version 5 adds 
> significant new logic to make educated guesses even with untagged 
> PDFs. 
> -- 
>          Joe Clark | joeclark@joeclark.org | 
> < http://joeclark.org/access/ <http://joeclark.org/access/> > 
>          Accessibility articles, resources, and critiques || 
>            "I do not pretend to understand the mind of Joe Clark" 
>            -- Larry Goldberg 
> 

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