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.
Electronic documents are proliferating, and Portable Document Format (PDF) is an established output management standard for both printed and electronic documents in many industries. A number of specialized PDF versions have been adopted as ISO standards already, and additional versions are in the wings.
With the growing volume and diversity of electronic documents, ensuring barrier-free access for anyone and everyone is taking on an additional sense of urgency. An individual with impaired sight has the same right to access document content as a sighted person. In fact, providing barrier-free access to electronic documents is not just a nice-to-have feature. In many jurisdictions, it is a legal requirement.
The focus for output management today has moved from producing as many documents as possible as fast as possible to building intelligent documents with content that is both generally and inclusively accessible. Freedom from physical barriers is the goal.
Metadata and Intelligent Document Output
Intelligent, efficient output management that supports universal accessibility requires one thing above all: metadata that can be read and saved as it travels with the document throughout the entire generation and conversion process. Metadata provide the foundation for downstream or parallel processing, such as when a document not only needs to be printed but also must be output as an electronic communication, interpreted by a screen reader, presented on a refreshable Braille screen, or archived.
Accessibility Starts with Document Design
The electronic PDF format provides an inherent advantage over paper documents for total accessibility, since electronic PDF documents can be designed to accommodate synthetic speech or refreshable Braille. A new PDF version, PDF/UA (universal access) is emerging as an industry standard for providing barrier-free document access.
Although PDF/UA is not yet an official ISO standard, it addresses several important and essential design requirements for creating barrier-free documents. Underlying document design is essential to making a document accessible. Key design requirements for creating barrier-free PDF documents include:
A Document Format and Much More
With its expanding range of versions and applications, there is no doubt that PDF is far more than a pure document format. Because of its ability to include attributes such as the document structure, reading direction, and alternative explanatory text for images, PDF is well suited as the vehicle to deliver barrier-free documents. It is a valuable and high-power format with the flexibility to accommodate evolving requirements, as its emergence as the standard for universal accessibility attests.