[jaws-uk] Re: Accessible PDFs, the acid test. Was: Browsealoud and Jaws

  • From: "Tristram Llewellyn" <tristram.llewellyn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <jaws-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2009 12:01:40 -0000

"Software is beginning to emerge which will examine PDF files, and even
modify the content to assist with accessibility.  However, if text has
been scanned, you have to accept that it is usually no different to a
photograph. "

One of the issues is just what purpose people use PDFs.  Sometimes it is
just to wrap up a graphic image that has been scanned.  Whilst this is
perfectly legitimate in the right circumstances, as George has pointed
out however it leaves a screen reader users high and dry unless they
have suitable OCR software that can electornically scan the PDF for
readable text.

A second issue which I have come across is that many smaller
organisations and maybe even some larger ones to not have someone with
any great knowledge who authors these docuemnts which can make it
difficult.  I hope that the tools for creation will help with this
though at the moment I think despite accessibility policies having been
set in place it doesn't guarantee the organisation has the technical
know-how to implement them..  I know it is a bit of a tangent and not
JAWS related but considering in the very early eighties with the BBC
model A and B computers we were once one of the most computer literate
nations for the time, I think it has rather dropped off since.


Tristram Llewellyn
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