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Re: Accessible PDFs

From: Barry McMullin <mcmullin@eeng.dcu.ie>
Date: Mon, 2 Dec 2002 16:35:29 +0000 (GMT)
To: Matthew Smith <matt@kbc.net.au>
cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.44.0212021622070.23439-100000@narnia.dcu.ie>

On Mon, 2 Dec 2002, Matthew Smith wrote:

> Seeing the responses, I think that the subject may be worth persuing; 
> however, I do not actually created PDFs using Adobe software - I'm doing 
> it all in a Linux environment via GhostScript; think I'd better find out 
> the core requirement for Accessible PDF and work out whether GS can do it.

I am currently publishing some materials in PDF.  The rationale
for offering PDF was precisely (and solely) to allow for
predictable printing of high quality hardcopy - by those users
who want that, and can benefit from it.

However, I hasten to add that I am using PDF only as a
*secondary* publication format; the primary format is HTML in all
cases.

I do this using free tools (on a linux platform) to output in
both HTML and PDF from from a common (latex) source. Getting the
HTML output into something reasonably (?) accessible did need
some significant hacking on the tools - which I'll try to write
up one of these centuries...

Anyway, here's an example, for what it's worth:

  http://eaccess.rince.ie/white-papers/2002/warp-2002-01/

This toolchain is only suitable for a specialised niche
(essentially, publishing "academic" materials); but it seems
quite effective within that niche.  Comments/criticism certainly
welcome...

Cheers,

- Barry.

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