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RE: PDF accessibility policies

From: Patrice Bourlon <wai-ig@collectiweb.fr>
Date: Wed, 17 Feb 2010 08:40:01 +0100
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Hi,

The last version of the "Référentiel général d’accessibilité pour les
administrations" (RGAA) which defines the rules for accessibility of french
public services Web sites, specifies number of requirements concerning PDF
accessibility. See for instance test 10.13 of Annexe 2 (v2.2) (this is a PDF
document, not sure it complies btw...). You can also see Annexe 1 (v2.2) in
which PDF accessibility is often discussed.
http://www.references.modernisation.gouv.fr/rgaa-accessibilite

PDF documents can be used but they must comply to accessibility rules:
headings structure, alternatives for images, coding of forms, etc. If they
don't, you have to propose alternate accessible document (HTML).

On the same philosophy, see the last version of AccessiWeb conformance
verification method reference document: criteria 13.7
http://www.braillenet.org/accessibilite/referentiel-aw2/liste-deploye.php#st
ructure

AccessiWeb just published a few weeks ago the requirements for accessibility
of office documents (applicable to all office formats):
http://www.braillenet.org/accessibilite/documents/liste-criteres-documents-b
ureautiques-telechargement-AW20.odt (format Open document)

http://www.accessiweb.org/_repository/files/liste-criteres-documents-bureaut
iques-telechargement-AW20.doc (format Word)

Best regards

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Patrice Bourlon
http://www.webaccessibilite.fr/

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De : w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] De la part
de Neil King
Envoyé : mercredi 17 février 2010 03:22
À : w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Objet : PDF accessibility policies

Hi All
 
A favour to ask: I am trying to establish the international policy situation
regarding the use of PDF files i.e. the current position in the UK, EU,
US... 
 
As far as I am aware no countries explicitly state a requirement around the
use of PDF as we do in Australia
(http://www.hreoc.gov.au/disability_rights/standards/www_3/www_3.html#s2_3),
that being the case I want to try and ascertain their current stance around
accessible documents in general.
 
Have you come across any policies or know where I may find this information
- everything I have found so far is a little inconclusive or potentially out
of date.
 
Many thanks in advance
Neil
 
 
 
 
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