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Re: Accessible Documents - PDF vs. HTML

From: Karen Lewellen <klewellen@shellworld.net>
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2016 09:43:21 -0400 (EDT)
To: "Macintosh, Kristy (OMAFRA)" <Kristy.Macintosh@ontario.ca>
cc: "w3c-wai-ig@w3.org" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.64.1606150937490.24314@server2.shellworld.net>
Hi Kristy,
I note from your signature that you are in Ontario.  Given your efforts 
would be covered by the Ontario Human Rights Code, may I make a suggestion?
Preferences for such documents are highly individual, much like 
preferences say in a restaurant.
The more format choices on the menu the better.  Speaking only for myself, 
pdf documents are always going to require that I convert them to something 
else. I have greater access to direct  html though, because I personally 
use a variety of computer elements that make this work...for me.
Since the Code is rooted in individual preferences, and many many factors 
feed those preferences, the more format choices you provide, the more 
inclusive your class.
make sense?


On Wed, 15 Jun 2016, Macintosh, Kristy (OMAFRA) wrote:

> Hi,
> I am looking for some advice and information. We have eLearning course transcripts that we are working on making fully accessible (conform to WCAG 2.0 Level AA guidelines). The transcripts range in size from 30 -60 pages, have some graphics throughout, a lot of headings and lists, and multiple choice assessment items.
> Questions:
> 1.      What would be a better format for these transcripts? PDF or HTML and why?
> 2.      If HTML was the path we went - can we just save Word documents as HTML files or do we need to do HTML coding in an HTML template?
> a.      If saving to HTML in Word is a bad idea - why?
> Thanks,
> ~Kristy
> Kristy Macintosh
> Education Coordinator - Training, Education and Communications |Environmental Management Branch | Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
> 1 Stone Rd West, 3rd Floor SW, Guelph, Ontario  N1G 4Y2
> Office:  519-826-6373 | Cell: 226-821-5359 | Fax: 519-826-3259
> Email:  kristy.macintosh@ontario.ca<mailto:kristy.macintosh@ontario.ca>
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