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Re: PDFs and accessibility

From: The Snider's Web <lsnider@thesnidersweb.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jan 2003 13:10:19 -0400
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To: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Hi David,

I would agree with you there, even with the tags I have found that most 
docs are not working out as well as they could. I would like to make the 
second format as easy to read as possible-simple HTML so it can be read...I 
guess this is the point of the exercise isn't it-to read what is there.

Do you happen to know the name of the html2ps tool?

Cheers and thanks for the feedback

Lisa

At 07:38 AM 1/17/2003 +0000, David Woolley wrote:

> > follow when converted into HTML by the Adobe conversion tools. Thus I am
> > looking at other options now...
>
>Going from PDF to HTML is not a sensible direction as PDF is more final
>form than HTML.  It will only work from an accessibility point of view
>if the PDF was tagged (and not just tagged by a machine).  It then
>becomes arguable as to whether it would not be better to use the
>latest Acrobat reader and skip a step.
>
>However, Word does not output structure information (or even hyperlinks)
>in its Posctscript, so you are not going to get good tagged PDF from
>Word.   You probably need to use RTF as the starting point, and may run
>into commercial restrictions on the use of its specification.  Also, this
>all depends on people using Word well - most people have a tag soup,
>WYSIWYG, way of working with Word, and do not use styles, tab round
>line ends, empty paragraph over page boundaries, etc.
>
>There is an html2ps tool (actually used to create the PDF of the HTML
>4 specification) that can convert the other way for well structured
>documents.

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