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Re: Creating an accessible Table of Contents

From: Ramón Corominas <listas@ramoncorominas.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Feb 2013 23:02:36 +0100
Message-ID: <512FD3FC.6080600@ramoncorominas.com>
To: Ginger Claassen <ginger.claassen@gmx.de>
CC: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org list" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Hi, Ginger and all,

I am not talking about the possibility of just reading the text of a PDF 
document, but about the possibility to read it in an accessible way. 
I've prepared a simple example of an "accessible" PDF document to 
illustrate the issue. You can access it here (I apologise in advance if 
I missed something and it's not completely accessible):


This document has a 2-level heading structure, 2 links, an image with 
alternative text, several lists and a data table. Now, using MacOS:

- Can you navigate the PDF structure using the headings?
- Can you obtain a list of links? Can you activate those links?
- Can you read the alternative text of the image? Do you even know that 
there is an image?
- Can you navigate through lists and list items? Do you even know that 
there are lists?
- Can you navigate the table and understand its data? Do you even know 
that there is a table?

If the answer is "yes", please tell me how you do it. I'm sincerely 
interested on that, since I've not being able to find a tool that reads 
the PDF accessibility tagging on MacOS.

If the answer is "no", then I cannot say that PDF accessibility features 
are "accessibility supported", unless they are only available in a 
closed environment only Windows platforms are used.


Ginger wrote:

> Thanks for your input but you are quite wrong here. For blind MacOS 
> users it is not necessary to spend any money on any kind of software in 
> order to read a pdf document unless our Mac here in the office was 
> magically equipped for us because they had a glass ball at Apple and 
> knew that we are blind here. It is no problem at all to read those 
> documents as long as they are readable i.e. are not composed out of 
> graphics which would be the same for Windows users.
> So, unless you ment something completely different which I did not 
> understand you are wrong here.
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