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Re: Acrobat PDF & Accessibility

From: Joel Ward <ward_joel@bah.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2001 14:02:11 -0500
Message-ID: <003801c18a51$fee79b20$19ab509c@BAH505131>
To: "WAI List" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
These are two very, very good points.  Thank you, David!

This is why I love these lists.


> > Does anyone actually like reading PDFs in a browser?
>
> I prefer reading the HTML specification, offline, in *a* browser called
> Acrobat Reader.  It has better navigation tools (e.g. the document
> outline tree) than typical HTML browsers, and allows one to work with a
> single file.  In that case, the consistent rendition of the pages is not
> an issue.
>
>
> > For viewing online, you can make a PDF document work much like a
standard
> > HTML page.  But why bother?  Just make a standard HTML page!
>
> The reason one might bother is that PDF is designed to reproduce the
> page as seen by the designer, whereas designers are currently producing
> contorted HTML to achieve this effect in a language that was not
> intended for tbe purpose.  It does not necessarily help accessibility,
> except, possibly, that the time wasted on making HTML pixel perfect
> and inaccessible could be used to make the PDF accessible (unlikely
> of course).
>
>
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