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Re: Acrobat PDF & Accessibility

From: Joel Ward <ward_joel@bah.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2001 15:03:03 -0500
Message-ID: <000801c18a5a$7f7b6ed0$19ab509c@BAH505131>
To: "Carol Foster" <c.foster@umassp.edu>
Cc: "WAI List" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Hi Carol,

Did you try using the PDF to text converter?
    http://access.adobe.com/simple_form.html

At first glance, it looks like an okay conversion job.

Joel

----- Original Message -----
From: "Carol Foster" <c.foster@umassp.edu>
To: "Joel Ward" <ward_joel@bah.com>
Cc: "WAI List" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Sent: Friday, December 21, 2001 2:55 PM
Subject: Re: Acrobat PDF & Accessibility


> 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
> http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/pdfs/CreateAccessibleAdvanced.pdf
>
> Thanks,
> Carol
>
> 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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>
>
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