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  1. John Brandt
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    Thank you for this good article, Sami, but I would like to make a comment about your statement: “From my understanding PDF files are not very accessible…”

    I think your statement is inaccurate and more of a “urban myth” at this point. There was a time, many years ago, when this was true. But with current software and techniques, PDFs can be fully accessible. The problem comes from the fact nearly all PDF are created/converted from some other digital document and many – if not most – of those documents are NOT accessible.

    If you create a word processed, presentation (e.g., PowerPoint) or spreadsheet document, that is fully accessible, and convert it to a PDF, it will almost always be fully accessible. So the problem is not the PDF or the PDF conversion process, it is the content creators’ lack of skill and knowledge about how to make accessible digital documents.

    If your readers do the things you recommend in this article for all of their digital content (including word processed, presentations and the like) before they convert to PDF, we will all be better off!

    Thanks again.

    ~j

    1. Sami Keijonen
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      Thanks John for the comment!

      I have to admin that I know nothing about PDF accessibility. If you have good articles about the subject, I’m more than happy to learn.

      Also good to hear that PDFs that are converted from Word document are accessible.

      Perhaps my main point is that if you can put content on a web page why put it in PDF file.

      1. Mercime
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        Hi Sami,

        Thanks for your post. Here’s a series of articles from Deque about making accessible PDFs – starts with a document with semantic markup.

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