The PDF Techniques Accessibility Summit’s objective is to establish a broad-based understanding of how PDF files should be tagged for accessibilty. It’s an opportunity to focus on establishing a common set of examples of accessible PDF content, and identify best-practice when tagging difficult cases.Modernizing PDF Techniques for Accessibility
The PDF Techniques Accessibility Summit will identify best-practices in tagging various cases in PDF documents. Questions to be addressed will likely include: the legal ways to tag a nested list, the correct way to caption multiple images, the appropriate way to organize content within headings.Refried PDF
My hospital emailed me a medical records release form as a PDF. They told me to print it, fill it, sign it, scan it and return it to the medical records department, in that order. In 2018? To get the form via email (i.e., electronically), yet be asked to print it? Did the last 20 years just… not mean anything! So I thought I’d be clever. I’d fill it first, THEN print it. Or better yet, never print it, but sign it anyhow, and return it along with a note making the case for improving their workflow. The story continues…Slides and video recordings of PDF Days Europe 2018
You missed the PDF Days Europe 2018? Never mind! Here you can find the slides and video recordings of all 32 stunning sessions!Using PDF/UA in accessibility checklists
PDF/UA, like PDF itself, is internally complex, but used correctly, actually makes things easier.
Sydney, Australia –
November 25 saw a great turnout of institutional and corporate PDF users for the inaugural PDF Day Australia. With a variety of leading PDF technology experts were on-hand, those present learned a great deal from the wide range of presentations offered as well as the substantive and candid discussions that followed the presentations.
Designed around two tracks, PDF Day Australia focussed on PDF for archiving and on accessible PDF documents, with a number of expert presentations on both subjects.
Attendees learned about changes coming in the upcoming PDF 2.0 standard from CiSRA’s Peter Wyatt, co-host of PDF Day Australia and project co-leader for the ISO 32000 working group developing the PDF 2.0 standard.
The day started with brief introductions to the standards based on PDF technology – PDF/A, PDF/UA, PDF/E, PDF/X and PDF/VT. In just two minutes apiece, attendees got a condensed overview of PDF’s specialized standards for long-term archive presentation, for universally accessible documents, for engineering industry documents (including 3D content) and for print-industry publications and variable and transactional printing.
The “Document of Record” track zeroed in on the many ways in which PDF technology can be leveraged to meet a wide variety of business needs. Starting from an introduction to PDF/A the sessions included topics ranging from validation to support for PDF in the larger marketplace to the challenges of archiving dynamic content, the latest in PDF/X technology for printing, and more.
The subject of accessible PDF documents was covered by several presentations plus a roundtable session. The accessibility track included technical presentations on creating accessible PDF files and some difficulties faced, as well as broader presentations on the meaning of accessible documents and audience expectations. Via a video session from Canada, Adam Spencer of Accessibil-IT offered his observations on how heated opinions about different document formats have actually led to an overall reduction of accessibility for document content.
PDF Day Australia was not just presentations, but was also a very interactive event featuring a number of discussions. James Teh from NVAccess provided enlightening insights on PDF accessibility from a blind user’s perspective. Mr Teh also provided some cogent advice for the industry on fostering more widespread accessibility support in PDF readers and workflows. A fascinating dialog resulted on the role of authors in considering accessibility and viewer compatibility from the start of the document lifecycle, and the seemingly never-ending challenge of helping authors understand how their choices in content and formatting can lead to problems later on.
For the PDF experts who presented at PDF Day the following week was fully occupied with a week of meetings devoted to advancing the next-generation specifications for PDF, PDF/A, PDF/UA and PDF/E.
We look forward to another PDF Day in Australia!