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PDF specs (was PDF in WCAG 2)

From: Joe Clark <joeclark@joeclark.org>
Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2004 14:45:08 +0000 (UTC)
To: WAI-IG <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.60.0408261441450.11479@aristotle.multipattern.com>

>        a) The document (which you initially referenced) requires the
> *latest* reader, something that I do not have.

... even though it's free. The first spec document Loretta pointed us to 
is indeed in PDF 1.5 format (untagged, no less!) and requires a program 
than can read v1.5 files. Loretta then pointed us to a version readable by 
earlier programs. Hence, your objections have been rectified.

>        b) Some users (Bob at Access Systems for example) will still not
> be able to access this information, as his current personal set-up does
> not accommodate...

As has been well established on this esteemed List, that's a user-agent 

>        c) I had also wonder out loud (again) why, after going through
> all of the steps required to make PDFs accessible (essentially -
> structured, semantic authoring), that the authors not *also* make the
> content available as HTML... Same content, different delivery
> mechanisms.

Because *not all content can be expressed in HTML*. I encourage Working 
Group members to throw off the shackles of philistinism and learn about 
the true range of documents people wish to create *and make accessible*. 
It ain't all about <h1>, <p>, and <div>.

Still snickering, John?


     Joe Clark | joeclark@joeclark.org
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