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Inaccessible by Choice: PDF on MacOS

March 1, 2013 9

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 0

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 0

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 0

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 0

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 0

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 1

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 0

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 0

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

pdfGoHTML: PDF Reflow Done Right

January 21, 2013 0

Last week I wrote about Acrobat’s export to HTML feature, how it was missing from Acrobat X and XI, and how Adobe has made it available once again. Today we’re going to talk about an interesting implementation based on the idea of converting well-tagged PDF to HTML.