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From: Access Systems <accessys@smart.net>
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2004 14:08:54 -0400 (EDT)
To: RUST Randal <RRust@COVANSYS.com>
cc: WAI-IG <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.58.0408191405510.12134@smart.net>

On Thu, 19 Aug 2004, RUST Randal wrote:

> The data for many PDFs, especially reports, is stored in a database
> somewhere. The data is just extracted and turned into a PDF. Wouldn't it
> make sense to tell developers to give the user the choice of PDF or text
> version, and then generate content in the desired format?


> Not every format known to man needs to be accessible. That, to me, seems
> somewhat unreasonable.

no but all content needs to be accessible

> Another point that needs to be made is that most public sector entities
> in the U.S. use PDF for a lot of data exchange. And they are also
> running Windows and IE. Not Linux. Not Lynx. So if they can provide a
> blind worker with a screenreader that *can* read PDFs, then that's
> probably good enough, and there may be no need to generate documents in
> multiple formats.

just a point to consider, if and it is a big if, everything is kept in
house then yes it doesn't matter what format is used as long as the
employees can use it.  but as soon as it becomes a public access document
then it must meet 508.

and many cities are running very short budgets and are discovering linux,
more and more cities in the US and the world are using it.


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