Making Accessible PDF's

You can make your website accessible to people with disabilities, but what about your documents? Adobe PDF files are an industry standard for sharing and printing information and graphics. PDF’s are specifically popular for preserving fonts, graphics, and layouts regardless of the program originally used to generate the document.

But what about those who are visually impaired?

Though the standards for PDF accessibility are the same as for websites, the results may be a little different. Here is a list of things to look for, according to Adobe:

Characteristics of Accessible PDF files

Accessible PDFs include but are not limited to the following characteristics:
  • Searchable text
  • Fonts that allow Characters to be Extracted to Text
  • Interactive Labeled Form Fields with Accessible Error Messages and No Timing
  • Other Interactive Features: Hyperlinks and Navigational Aids
  • Document Language and Title Indication
  • Security that will not Interfere with Assistive Technology
  • Document Structure Tags and Proper Reading Order
  • Alternative Text Descriptions for Non-Text Elements

Other Accessible Characteristics

There are additional characteristics of accessible documents including:
  • No reliance on color or sensory characteristics alone to convey meaning
  • Use of color combinations that provides a sufficient degree of contrast
  • Controls for audio
  • Use of text instead of images of text
  • No use of flashing or blinking elements
  • No focus changes without user initiation
  • Consistent navigation and identification of elements

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Watertown

Address

210 Court St Suite 10
Watertown, NY 13601

Store Hours

Mon-Fri 8am-5pm

Phone: 315-788-8560
Fax: 315-836-0043

Lowville

Address

7602 North State St
Lowville, NY 13367

Store Hours

Mon-Thu 9am-5pm | Fri 9am-4:30pm

Phone: 315-376-3224
Fax: 315-376-7925

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