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Re: Web Authoring Tools that are Both Accessible and Produce Accessible Content

From: Melinda Morris-Black <melinda@ink.org>
Date: Wed, 10 May 2000 08:14:38 -0500
Message-ID: <391960BE.D2D331D2@ink.org>
To: Kelly Ford <kford@teleport.com>
CC: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
While I think 100 percent accessibility is a noble goal, realistically, what
kind of expectations can we have about PDF technology? I'm curious in hearing
feedback from the list. This is a question I get asked on a daily basis. I have
yet to weigh in on one side or the other.


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Kelly Ford wrote:

> So how many years have we been hearing that Adobe is committed to
> accessibility now?  Sorry folks but we should be seeing results from this
> company not more talk that's likely as not devoted to convincing the U.S.
> federal government that PDF files will be accessible as anything else.
> I'm sure that people will call me Mr. Negative for saying this but PDF
> files have been one of the worst things for accessibility and if I had a
> dollar for every person who's blind who's had trouble reading the results
> of a supposedly converted PDF file, I'd certainly be able to take a nice
> vacation.
> It is time that people with disabilities stand up and tell the government
> to quit using PDF until the company demonstrates 100 percent accessibility,
> not the sham they continue to portray as such.
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