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[BCAB] GUIDANCE ON THE USE OF PDF Richard Godfrey-McKay (12 Nov 2012 19:59 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] GUIDANCE ON THE USE OF PDF Kiran Kaja (12 Nov 2012 20:15 GMT)
Re: [BCAB] GUIDANCE ON THE USE OF PDF John Farley (12 Nov 2012 22:50 GMT)

Re: [BCAB] GUIDANCE ON THE USE OF PDF Kiran Kaja 12 Nov 2012 20:15 GMT


There is a comprehensive guide on accessing PDF documents with assistive
technology at

This guide is an accessible PDF that you can read with your screen reader.

As it is the case with forms in most technologies, authors need to do
certain things to make them usable with screen readers. Some document
authors are good at doing this such as associating labels with form fields
and establishing a correct tab order but there are a lot of authors who do
not do these things.

Anyway, I hope the above document is of some help.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [] On Behalf Of Richard
Sent: 12 November 2012 19:59
To: 'BCAB Discussion List'

Hi, I'm wondering what is the best place to find some authoritative guidance
or personal opinions on the use of PDf files either on or off the web.

I seem to remember that RNIB used to have some guidance on its site, but I
couldn't find it immediately tonight.

While some PDf files seem fairly usable, others aren't, and I should like to
understand the current position better.  Another point is that it would be
helpful to have some views on whether PDF forms are commonly made to an
acceptable accessibility standard.  I've seen some simple forms which look
OK, but I often find that more complicated material hasn't been set up in a
way that I can use easily.

I should really welcome views on this one please.


Richard Godfrey-McKay

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