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Re: PDF accessibility guidelines

From: Felix Miata <mrmazda@earthlink.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:48:22 -0500
Message-ID: <54C2B396.5000309@earthlink.net>
To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Bob composed on 2015-01-23 14:50 (UTC-0500):

> one of the problems I face is not the big players universities and 
> companies but the small volunteer groups that just upload pdf documents 
> and that's as far as they go,  churches and affinity groups want to be on 
> line but the volunteers running the websites rarely have any training or 
> even know what the W3C is much less what they say.

> one reason I just say "avoid pdf" to these groups.

No matter how much PDF/UA or ISO 32000-1 are prettified with access
capability, PDFs remain as Jakob Nielsen described on
https://web.archive.org/web/20030716054032/http://www.useit.com/alertbox/20030714.html
more than a decade ago - designed for printing, not reading on a PC screen.
As most are presented, they are a web accessibility plague exceeded only by
Flash, if even that.

> as you say is a real shame the tools are behind a paywall (which is 
> technically illegal in the USA) small groups churches volunteers etc $88 
> may be a significant part of their budgets
-- 
"The wise are known for their understanding, and pleasant
words are persuasive." Proverbs 16:21 (New Living Translation)

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