[Athen] FW: Australian Government Collaborates with Adobe and Vision Australia to Offer Guidance on PDF Accessibility

Ron Stewart ron at altformatsolutions.com
Thu Dec 2 11:41:03 PST 2010

Some may be interested in this work:

In 2010, the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO), working with Vision Australia <http://www.daisy.org/member/300/Vision%20Australia> , and with the cooperation of Adobe <http://www.daisy.org/member/312/Adobe%20Systems> , undertook a study of the Portable Document Format’s accessibility capabilities. The study’s scope was focused on PDF <http://www.iso.org/iso/pressrelease.htm?refid=Ref1141> and was designed to increase understanding of its strengths and weaknesses.

The study has found that while accessibility of the Portable Document Format is improving, like most tools, it cannot compensate for poor design. Content authors need to design accessibility into their documents from the outset. The Web Accessibility National Transition Strategy provides the necessary guidance to ensure the needs of all are reflected online.

The study’s main and supplementary reports can be found on the Australian <http://www.finance.gov.au/publications/pdf-accessibility-study/index.html> Government Information Management Office's website. The AGIMO Blog <http://agimo.govspace.gov.au/category/accessibility/> provides further details of this matter and the ability to participate in an online discussion.

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