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Re: Acrobat PDF & Accessibility

From: Carol Foster <c.foster@umassp.edu>
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2001 14:55:17 -0500
Message-ID: <3C2393A4.D731CECE@umassp.edu>
To: Joel Ward <ward_joel@bah.com>
CC: WAI List <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Has anyone found an HTML version of the advanced techniques document?  Or has
anyone been able to read the advanced techniques pdf with JAWS?  It does not
seem to work as well as expected for me.  The pdf is at


Joel Ward wrote:

> Hi Vadim,
> Adobe Acrobat 5 "finally" works with the MSAA features in Windows.  But you
> need to create the document properly for it to truly be accessible.  If you
> do, the PDF will work well with assistive technologies that utilize MSAA.
> If you create a structured document, say with Word 2000, the conversion to
> PDF will automatically translate the headings, paragaphs, tables, etc. to
> the PDF document.  You can check the tag structure with Acrobat, and also
> check the other codes (like alt).  There are some other things to check, as
> well, but ideally this wouldn't take too much longer than usual (depending
> on the complexity of the layout).
> Using other apps outside of Office 2000 to create PDFs requires more
> adjustment in Acrobat, as they do not translate structure as well.
> In case you want to read more, here's some resources on how to make PDFs
> accessible:
>     http://access.adobe.com/information.html
> There are a few documents to read there.  If you're in a hurry, just read
> this one:
>     http://access.adobe.com/booklet.html
> It outlines the basics.  There's an advanced techniques document there, too.
> Joel
> > Can someone explain to me what do you mean by *accessible* PDF?
> > Is it PDF without "microspacing" and "words being broken up"?
> > // I apologize in advance that I don't have time to read numerous Adobe
> > specs, so simple explanation in 2-3 sentences would be enough

Carol Foster, Web Developer
Internet Publishing Group, Information Technology Services
University of Massachusetts, President's Office
(413) 587-2130
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