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Re: Media: PDF tagging for the blind

From: David Woolley <david@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2004 07:21:30 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200407120621.i6C6LUW00298@djwhome.demon.co.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

> A new online service will supply automatic tagging for PDF documents to make

> create documents with the correct tags; this is costly and time consuming,
> requiring
> software programs and appropriately trained staff.

The first quote claims that the process is automatic.  The second one
claims that trained staff are required!  If they could properly
automate the process, they could provide the software as a product,
or even supply it as end user assistive technology.

The fundamental problem with after the fact tagging is that it requires
a human to recognize the patterns in the document to do it well.  For
what can be done automatically, one should probably look at the results
of Adobe's Acrobat for Palm software.
Received on Monday, 12 July 2004 02:42:02 UTC

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