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Opportunity to review accessible office document accessibility guidance and techniques

From: Richards, Jan <jrichards@ocad.ca>
Date: Fri, 8 Oct 2010 11:13:43 -0400
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CC: "Treviranus, Jutta (Academic)" <jtreviranus@faculty.ocad.ca>
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Good day,

Occasionally, the topic of office document accessibility comes up on this list, so I thought perhaps some people on this list might be interested in a public review that we are holding.

The Inclusive Design Research Centre (in partnership with UNESCO and the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services) invites you to review and comment on "Accessible Digital Office Documents (ADOD)" Guidance.

Please send comments to adod-comments@idrc.ocad.ca by 22 October 2010. (Sorry for the early deadline - a result of the tight project schedule)

We are especially interested in factual errors or omissions in the "ADOD Techniques for producing accessible office documents".

More Background: 

While information about how to create accessible office documents does currently exist on a range of web sites, the information is often incomplete, vendor-biased or is specific to a single office application. Governments, public sector organizations, service organization and entities globally, wishing to comply to accessibility requirements, have expressed the need for centralized guidelines for creating accessible office documents.

Leveraging the W3C-WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) 1.0, ADOD defines a harmonized framework for determining the accessibility of office documents, office document formats and office applications. In addition, and perhaps more importantly, ADOD includes a set of practical, application-specific but vendor-neutral instructions on how to author accessible documents in common document formats and document authoring tools.


(Mr) Jan Richards, M.Sc.
jrichards@ocad.ca | 416-977-6000 ext. 3957 | fax: 416-977-9844
Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) | http://inclusivedesign.ca/
Faculty of Design | OCAD University
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