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Re: PDFs and accessibility

From: The Snider's Web <lsnider@thesnidersweb.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Jan 2003 13:07:09 -0400
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To: Loretta Guarino Reid <lguarino@adobe.com>, Matthew Smith <matt@kbc.net.au>
Cc: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org

Hi Loretta,

Yes the convert to PDF usually works great-except in WordPerfect where you 
have to use Distiller to get it the best it can be. Word can produce HTML 
but it also produces some of the worst bloated code so it needs to be 
trimmed (sometimes it is more work than using simple text and making HTML 
from there!)

I use Acrobat 5 to produce PDFs-I haven't yet converted them to HTML-that 
is the next fun part ;) For the Word docs I would make them into HTML and 
then use Dreamweaver to strip the code. Although this only gets me HTML and 
XHTML-but I am okay with that for right now-as long as it is standards 
compliant HTML.

I suspect it is easier to convert the original doc into HTML than the 
PDF-especially with the three column stuff.

Thanks for your feedback,


At 02:29 PM 1/16/2003 -0800, Loretta Guarino Reid wrote:

>Matthew, if you have the Word source for your document, the most reliable way
>to produce accessible PDF is to use the "Convert to PDF" button 
>implemented by
>Acrobat 5.0. I thought Word could also generate HTML output.
>Information on making accessible PDF can be found at
>   http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/solutionsacc.html
>Lisa, what software do you use to generate the PDF files? and how are you
>converting them to HTML?
>Loretta Guarino Reid
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