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The PDF/UA Technical Implementation Guide Arriveth

March 5, 2013 14

ISO 14289 (PDF/UA) was published in the late summer of 2012. At a mere sixteen pages, the International Standard for accessible PDF technology does not, by itself, provide all the information necessary for developers to create software for accessible PDF! PDF/UA merely specifies, in software development terms, the means of using PDF technology to produce… Read more

Inaccessible by Choice: PDF on MacOS

March 1, 2013 22

An accessibility expert pointed out the other day that VoiceOver, Apple’s screen reader for MacOS, doesn’t understand tagged PDF, and therefore doesn’t support accessibility in this extremely common electronic document format. He’s right. Since there aren’t any screen reader options for the Mac that understand PDF tags, it’s fair to say that AT users on a Mac… Read more

NetCentric will deliver PDF/UA creation, validation and remediation software

February 28, 2013 15

Based in Ottawa, Ontario, NetCentric Technologies is the developer of the CommonLook line of PDF accessibility software. NetCentric offers the CommonLook Office add-ins for Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, the CommonLook PDF plug-in for Adobe Acrobat and CommonLook Clarity, stand-alone software that scans websites and folders to report on accessibility characteristics of PDF files. One of the first… Read more

Apparently, PDF isn’t boring

February 22, 2013 4

The world’s final form electronic document format of choice, PDF celebrates its 20th birthday in 2013. PDF? How dull… how pre-mobile! Isn’t PDF all about printing, or fixed page layouts, or some other ancient history? How does infinite-scrolling work in PDF anyhow? I’ve had plenty of conversations with ‘experts’ who are certain that PDF is… Read more

iText bringing PDF/UA support to Java Implementations

February 19, 2013 14

Owing in no small part to its free and open source licensing model, iText is one of the most popular and widely implemented Java libraries for PDF file creation and manipulation. iText has supported creation of tagged PDF for some time, but according to Bruno Lowagie, the original developer of iText, the publication of ISO… Read more

Warning! Human Judgment Required for PDF/UA Conformance

February 14, 2013 12

This article is intended to highlight how PDF/UA differs from previous PDF standards from an implementation (ie, software development) standpoint. The distinction is of serious interest to developers, as end-user expectations of files claiming PDF/UA conformance are based on criteria that may be costly to fulfill. Files claiming PDF/UA conformance may be subject to intensive… Read more

PDFlib will ship the world’s first PDF/UA conforming software libraries

February 7, 2013 447

Based in Munich, Germany, PDFlib GmbH was one of the first providers of PDF development components. Introduced in 1997, PDFlib was soon in use by software developers around the world for a variety of applications. The company was instrumental in establishing the PDF/A Competence Center, which later evolved into the PDF Association. Customer requests for… Read more

In Recognition of Greg Pisocky’s 20 Years at Adobe Systems

February 1, 2013 16

Today brightened for me when a colleague asked for a quote about Greg Pisocky, who celebrates 20 years at Adobe Systems today. Suitably inspired by Andrew’s post on the official Adobe Accessibility blog, I thought I’d take a break from promoting electronic document standards, chewing on old bones and otherwise procrastinating instead of working. I… Read more

Once Again with Heading Levels

January 30, 2013 16

Last December, PWS posted an article in defense of skipping heading levels (e.g., from H2 to H5) in the accessibility context. You could skip straight to my detailed response, or read this post first; it’s more-or-less by way of a summary. It’s sometimes more accessible to skip heading levels, PWS writes, and five examples are offered to… Read more

5 Months After Publication PDF/UA Tools Begin Emerging

January 25, 2013 14

Software development, especially in a complex area like PDF technology, doesn’t happen overnight. It’s been just five months since PDF/UA was published. In that time, we’re already seeing vendors adopt the new standard for accessible PDF technology. A new generation of software is on the way. Using the clear, definitive and technically-specific terms of ISO… Read more