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Re: PDFs and accessibility

From: Larry G. Hull <Larry.G.Hull@nasa.gov>
Date: Thu, 16 Jan 2003 15:38:17 -0500
Message-Id: <p05100306ba4cbe263461@[128.183.217.33]>
To: "The Snider's Web" <lsnider@thesnidersweb.com>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Lisa,

I've seen a multicolumn PDF document that was accessible, i.e., much 
to my surprise was converted to HTML very nicely by the online Adobe 
conversion tool. This was not too long after the release of Acrobat 
5.0 supporting the new "tagged" PDF. I'm afraid I can't point you to 
the document as it has been awhile and, as I don't create PDF 
documents myself, I am unable to provide details.

I understand tools are now available to update older PDF documents to 
(partially?) tagged PDF. I plan to attend a presentation by Adobe 
next month to learn more about the new format and these tools.

On the other hand, a HTML or text version might be preferred by some 
thus accessed (pun intended) reasonably frequently.

Larry (who personally would at this time provide both PDF and HTML)

At 3:24 PM -0400 1/16/03, The Snider's Web wrote:
>Hi All,
>
>I have put up a site for a disabled entrepreneurs group and we have 
>PDFs of newsletters on the site. These newsletters are made in 
>two/three column styles (otherwise I could make them accessible) and 
>they are impossible to follow when converted into HTML by the Adobe 
>conversion tools. Thus I am looking at other options now...
>
>I am thinking of putting up either a simple HTML page or a text file 
>as an alternative to the PDF.
>
>Any suggestions? Have you seen any sites that do this well?
>
>Thanks for the help
>
>Lisa
>
>Lisa Snider
>President
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