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Re: Fw: Acrobat 4.0 And PDF Accessibility

From: Bruce Bailey <bbailey@clark.net>
Date: Tue, 1 Jun 1999 13:55:38 -0400
Message-Id: <199906011800.OAA15571@smtp-gw2.vma.verio.net>
To: "Charles McCathieNevile" <charles@w3.org>
Cc: "WAI IG" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
I agree with you on this point, and I can only hope that they will see the
light and standardize on HTML.  In the meantime I am currently fighting
with a university system which might buy into this "accessible PDF"
approach.  Do the current Acrobat tools facilitate this approach?  Even if
this way is more time/labor intensive, if the burden can be put on the
bureaucracy, it is less work for the student!

How does one feed PDF files to an OCR program (without printing them)?

> I can't speak from experience with the new acrobat, but generally by the
> time you have to do transcription from an image you are usually better
> off feeding the image to Optical Character Recognition software and then
> making HTML out of the result.
> Charles McCN
> On Tue, 1 Jun 1999, Bruce Bailey wrote:
>   Can anyone speak from experience about the difficulty of converting a
>   poorly-structure PDF document to one that is mostly accessible?
>   For example, if a PDF file is basically a series of text images (from,
>   a magazine article), and a (sighted) laborer is available to do the
>   after-the-fact transcription, how hard is it to create a new
>   PDF file?  What tools are needed?  Does the new version of Acrobat
>   any of this?
>   Thanks.
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