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Re: PDFs and accessibility

From: Access Systems <accessys@smart.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2003 23:32:55 -0500 (EST)
To: "Larry G. Hull" <Larry.G.Hull@nasa.gov>
cc: "The Snider's Web" <lsnider@thesnidersweb.com>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.21.0301262331020.30855-100000@smarty.smart.net>

On Thu, 16 Jan 2003, Larry G. Hull wrote:

> 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.

but it doesn't work with all browsers.....

> 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.

if it won't work on Mac, Linux, Unix, BSD, etc etc etc then it isn't
accessible
> 
> On the other hand, a HTML or text version might be preferred by some 
> thus accessed (pun intended) reasonably frequently.

you can't go wrong with straight text.

Bob


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