Thursday, May 23, 2013

Educating others about inaccessible PDF content


This is probably going to be an ongoing process as I strive to do my part with regard to helping others to understand that blind persons are unable to read PDF content that is not appropriately tagged so that we can read it.

The one thing to remember is this, PDF content is an image of what we wish to portray and screen reading technology is unable to read images. There is nothing that we can do about this. So we need to have a work around, so to speak.

There are tools out there that can be used to tag the PDF content so that it can be read by screen reading technology. These tools are, for the most part, free and Adobe has done its part to promote this process. The major barrier here is an unawareness of how to do this and why it is necessary. Just bear in mind that by making PDF content more accessible to blind persons it also helps others such as those with older technology.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you a terrific day and urging you to go out there and help spread my message. Visit me at www.sterlingcreations.ca whenever you have a free moment.

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