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December 10, 2018

3 Cultins Rd, Edinburgh, Currie EH11 4DH, UK

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PDF Techniques Accessibility Summit

December 10-11, Edinburgh, Scotland

Logo for the PDF Techniques Accessibility SummitHosted by the PDF Association, this two-day, in-person event brings PDF accessibility experts together to assemble, review and endorse diverse examples of tagged PDF to establish a common understanding of what constitutes “well-tagged for accessibility”.

The objective is to establish a common understanding of “semantically appropriate tags in a logical reading order”, to quote PDF/UA-1, 7.1, paragraph 2.

Results will be compiled and edited by the PDF Association’s PDF/UA Technical Working Group for submission to the W3C’s Web Accessibility Initiative to form the basis of a revised and updated set of PDF Techniques for WCAG 2.1.

WCAG editor Andrew Kirkpatrick will join us to discuss the WCAG techniques review process during lunch on Monday, December 10.


Adobe Systems has very kindly volunteered to provide physical and connectivity facilities for this event.

Adobe’s location is just outside Edinburgh, a short train-ride + walk, or 20 minute drive, from central Edinburgh. Onsite attendees will need to make their own hotel and transportation arrangements. Teleconference facilities will be provided for remote attendees.


Beginning in September, registered attendees will be briefed on the scope and form of examples they may submit for review during the PDF Techniques Accessibility Summit. Submissions are due two weeks prior to the start of the event. They will be collated, organized for discussion and distributed to attendees prior to the beginning of the meeting.

In order of preference, examples may take one or more of the following forms:

  1. “Demonstration-quality” PDF files demonstrating ideal use of tags in a given use case
  2. Atomic test files demonstrating the correct use of a specific PDF feature in a canonically-correct manner
  3. PDF code representing the relevant PDF objects for a given feature
  4. Pseudo-code representing tag structure and/or attributes to explain correct usage
  5. Screen-shots representing tag structure and/or attributes to explain correct usage

Attending the summit

Register for this event using the form. To participate remotely, register as a “REMOTE ATTENDEE”. Video-conferencing facilities will be provided.

Attending in person?

For on-site attendees, registration fees include refreshments and lunch for December 10 and 11, as well as dinner in Edinburgh on December 10.

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