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Re: Accessing PDFs

From: Access Systems <accessys@smart.net>
Date: Wed, 23 Oct 2002 22:09:46 -0400 (EDT)
To: Aaron Smith <aaron@gwmicro.com>
cc: RUST Randal <RRust@COVANSYS.com>, "WAI (w3c-wai-ig@w3.org)" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0210232209220.16152-100000@smarty.smart.net>

On Wed, 23 Oct 2002, Aaron Smith wrote:

> Quite the opposite. With the latest version of Window-Eyes and Adobe 
> Acrobat, PDFs are very accessible.
> For example, here's Appendix F.6 of the Window-Eyes manual:

but that is ONLY for windoze latest version


> F.6: Adobe Acrobat
> The commands for reading a PDF file and the commands for surfing a web page 
> are virtually the same. There are, however, a couple of things that should 
> be noted about Adobe Acrobat:
>  By default, Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Acrobat Reader enable a setting 
> called "Deliver data in pages when document exceeds X pages" (where X can 
> be a custom defined number of pages). When this setting is enabled, and 
> when the document loaded does not exceed the set number of pages, the PDF 
> file will load one page at a time to decrease the amount of MSAA load time. 
> When you open a PDF file, you will hear, "Loading Page, Single Page, Load 
> Done." The single page notification is letting you know that only one page 
> will be visible in MSAA mode at a time. To advance a page, press CTRL-PAGE 
> DOWN. To go back a page, press CTRL-PAGE UP.
> To change the number of pages required for a document to load in single 
> page mode, do the following:
> 1. Press CTRL-K
> 2. Type A for Accessibility
> 3. Press TAB until you reach the edit box containing the number of pages 
> (10 by default)
> 4. Enter the number of pages you want Acrobat to pay attention to for 
> single page loading
> 5. TAB to OK and press ENTER
>  If you prefer to load the entire PDF document in the MSAA buffer, rather 
> than one page at a time, you may do so in the Adobe preferences dialog 
> (accessible with CTRL-K). It should be noted, however, that loading an 
> entire PDF document (especially one that is large) may take a very long 
> time, depending on your machine specifications.
> To enable a document to load in full document mode, do the following:
> 1. Press CTRL-K
> 2. Type A for Accessibility
> 3. Press TAB until you reach the "Deliver data in pages when document 
> exceeds" check box
> 4. Press SPACE BAR to uncheck the check box
> 5. TAB to OK and press ENTER
>  If you would like to hear the status of the MSAA buffer (either Single 
> Page, or Full Document), you can press the speak summary hot key, 
> Note that the page indication (Single Page, or Full Document) will still be 
> spoken even when the MSAA progress announcement verbosity option is turned 
> off. The reason is that the page announcement is not a part of progress of 
> MSAA loading, but rather a notification of the current state of MSAA.
> For information on the latest available version of Adobe Acrobat and the 
> Adobe Acrobat Reader, visit:
> http://access.adobe.com
> At 12:22 PM 10/23/2002 -0400, RUST Randal wrote:
> >Don't yell at me for asking this.  It's something that I really haven't paid
> >much attention to in the past.
> >
> >Are PDFs completely inaccessible to all screen readers?  I'm assuming so,
> >based on recent events
> >
> >----------
> >Randal Rust
> >Covansys, Inc.
> >Columbus, OH
> --
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> past correspondence (where applicable), and any relevant
> information pertinent to your situation when submitting a
> problem report to the GW Micro Technical Support Team.
> Aaron Smith
> GW Micro
> Phone: 260/489-3671
> Fax: 260/489-2608
> WWW: http://www.gwmicro.com
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