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RE: PDFs and WCAG 2.4.5

From: Sean Murphy (seanmmur) <seanmmur@cisco.com>
Date: Wed, 11 Oct 2017 05:03:19 +0000
To: Brian Bors <b.bors@accessibility.nl>, w3c WAI List <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
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When I review the Sc’s, the SiteMap could have a link to each specific PDF document from the web page, a search functionality and you have fulfilled the requirement. In the actual PDF, the table of content is one method and the bookmarks is the second method to fulfil this sc. I don’t think the SC is expecting a link to each specific chapter within a PDF document. As how would the user be able to jump to a specific chapter from a link?


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From: Brian Bors [mailto:b.bors@accessibility.nl]
Sent: Tuesday, 10 October 2017 8:54 PM
To: w3c WAI List <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Subject: PDFs and WCAG 2.4.5

Hello mailing list,
We were wondering about WCAG 2.0 SC 2.4.5 and PDF's. The SC demands more than 1 way to reach every web page. In the definition WCAG uses a PDF is a web page.

According to our strict interpretation this means that all the PDF's should be mentioned in the sitemap when a sitemap is chosen as the second way.
Is this the intend of this SC?
Technique PDF2 suggests bookmarks within PDF's are the way to meet this SC, but this doesn't seem to be the case as bookmarks point to chapters within a PDF, not PDF's itself. This would suggest it is not the intend of the SC to demand links to every PDF.
So, what is the correct interpretation?
Brian Bors
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