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RE: Conforming to WCAG 2.0 SC 2.4.5 (Multiple Ways) for pdf files

From: Jim Homme <jhomme@benderconsult.com>
Date: Fri, 1 Jul 2016 15:18:00 +0000
To: Duff Johnson <duff@duff-johnson.com>
CC: "Wai Interest Group (w3c-wai-ig@w3.org)" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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I think it's partly a matter of what you should do with PDF, rather than what you can do. Let me explain. 

I can make a PDF part of a process. I can, for example, have a job application process in which I use a PDF as a job application. Should I do this? The same for something like a loan application. Traditionally, you download, write on, and sign a paper document created from a PDF. Because we now have electronic signing capabilities, should we keep using PDF's as part of the loan application process? 

If we say that we should not use PDF's as part of processes, then we eliminate that part of the consideration. This allows us to treat them as single web pages, or, documents, if you will.  


Jim Homme,
Accessibility Consultant,
Bender HighTest Accessibility Team
Bender Consulting Services, Inc.,

-----Original Message-----
From: Duff Johnson [mailto:duff@duff-johnson.com] 
Sent: Friday, July 01, 2016 10:50 AM
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Subject: Re: Conforming to WCAG 2.0 SC 2.4.5 (Multiple Ways) for pdf files

> What about EPUB, this is based upon HTML. Shouldn't it also have the same requirements as PDF?

EPUB comes in "reflowable" and "fixed-layout" models. You choose which you prefer when you author the file.

The reflowable model is (effectively) a single web-page, so web-page conventions apply.

The fixed-layout model raises the same questions, in terms of how to apply WCAG 2.0 (which only talks about "web pages") as does, PDF, DOCX, etc. I share Jonathan's curiosity on this point.

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