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Re: Creating an accessible Table of Contents

From: Olaf Drümmer <olaf@druemmer.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 21:12:02 +0100
Cc: Olaf Drümmer <olaf@druemmer.com>, Devarshi Pant <devarshipant@gmail.com>, Vivienne CONWAY <v.conway@ecu.edu.au>
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To: accessys@smart.net, "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org list" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Hi Bob, 

you fail to mention who your government is, but I don't think it is viable in the long run to require that something that is guaranteed to be accessible on all operating systems. That would go back to DOS which some people are still using, would include not only Mac OS and  iOS, but also all the Linux flavors, Sun Solaris OS, Symbian, the 'old' and the 'new' Blackberrry OS, Android, Chrome OS, the upcoming Firefox OS ...

I think the right thing to ask for, and to require if legal regulations come into play, is that the way content is provided complies with certain interface rules, for example those defined by WCAG or (for PDF) by the PDF/UA standard. It is then up to every user to get hold of computers, operating systems, programs and, if necessary, assistive technology that comply with these same interface rules from other side of the fence.

Everything else is not sustainable.


PS: When was the last time your government purchased something other than Windows and Windows based programs/assistive technology?

Am 25 Feb 2013 um 19:18 schrieb accessys@smart.net:

> you are aware that if it is a government website the content must be accessible via all operating systems not just windows.
> Bob
> On Mon, 25 Feb 2013, Devarshi Pant wrote:
>> I have never had issues while converting a T O C in Word to PDF. It could
>> be the settings. In JAWS 13, under text processing, you may want to look
>> into the ‘filter repeated characters’ and tone it down to ‘say first 3
>> repeated characters.’
>> On Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 9:39 PM, Vivienne CONWAY <v.conway@ecu.edu.au>wrote:
>>> I'm wondering if anyone has discovered how to create a Table of Contents
>>> in Word that reads properly with a screen reader when the document is put
>>> into PDF..  Using the automatic TOC function you get a disaster for reading
>>> I'm working with a local government who create a lot of large documents
>>> such as council meetings which are put into PDF that they need to make
>>> accessible and are accessed throuigh their website.  At present the TOC
>>> function is causing real headaches.  We've tried all kinds of options in
>>> Word they none of them read nicely from the PDF document that is created
>>> after tagging the Word document properly.
>>> Any ideas?
>>> Regards
>>> Vivienne L. Conway, B.IT <http://b.it/>(Hons), MACS CT, AALIA(cs)
>>> PhD Candidate & Sessional Lecturer, Edith Cowan University, Perth, W.A.
>>> Director, Web Key IT Pty Ltd.
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