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Re: Accessible PDF Repair

From: Elizabeth J. Pyatt <ejp10@psu.edu>
Date: Fri, 1 Mar 2013 14:55:39 -0500
Cc: "Homme, James" <james.homme@highmark.com>, "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-Id: <2FBA62D6-3B3A-4FDC-BE87-80109BC8AC2B@psu.edu>
To: Devarshi Pant <devarshipant@gmail.com>
I agree 100% with Devarshi's comments. The tools are definitely designed for visual mouse use. As someone looking to use the keyboard more, I would prefer some tools where tags could be added within the PDF text stream. That's another reason I prefer working with HTML.

FWIW - I would prefer the repairs to occur in tools like Microsoft Word or InDesign and have those tools be accessible.

I would add that there's a paradox that someone trying to repair a document for a screen reader within a screen reader environment. Unless a document is already screen reader accessible, I am not sure how well it can be repaired within a screen reader. That may my limited imagination though.


On Mar 1, 2013, at 2:37 PM, Devarshi Pant <devarshipant@gmail.com> wrote:

> Jim,
> Using one of the features called the touch-up reading order [in its entirety] seems daunting enough with a keyboard, let alone a screen reader; not to mention that someone would need to visually discern the position, draw a rectangle around the content, and then tag it. There are other features like rearranging tags, content, etc. that require significant mouse use. Don't know anyone with a screen reader who remediates pdf. If there are, please share info on how you would remediate.
> -Devarshi
> On Fri, Mar 1, 2013 at 1:15 PM, Homme, James <james.homme@highmark.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> So far I haven't heard of an accessible method for someone who is blind to do PDF repair accessibly once a document gets into programs such as Adobe Acrobat. Is this accurate? By that I'm referring to the interface that someone might use to do touch up and edit tags.
> Thanks.
> Jim
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