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Re: Removing PDFs and accessibility

From: David Woolley <forums@david-woolley.me.uk>
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2012 11:24:05 +0100
Message-ID: <4F6EF245.5080801@david-woolley.me.uk>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Gian Wild wrote:
> Thought you might be interested in this article about how removing PDFs 
> increased traffic by 1.6 million hits!
> http://briarbird.com/archives/564/
> 

Unfortunately, the headline on this article could encourage people to 
mechanically convert, which is likely to make things worse.

Incidentally, I have often sought out PDFs because they are not 
fragmented into pages, and possibly more importantly, because they are 
more likely to have been written by technical authors, rather than 
advertising copy writers.  The latter means that any conversion to HTML 
must be done by someone trained in semantic markup, not in someone 
trained in marketing.

Trying to make the HTML look like the PDF, as a primary aim will not 
achieve accessibility, nor will re-writing it in typical commercial web 
page style.

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David Woolley
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