[Athen] PDFMaker vs. Word Add-in for pdf conversion

Robert Beach rbeach at KCKCC.EDU
Wed Apr 29 05:54:42 PDT 2015


When I have used the Word plugin, all headings, tables, languages, alt text, etc. have gone over. The only thing I noticed is that the graphics sometimes get put at the top of the reading order so they are read first (with alt text) before the text. Visually they stay in place, but the reading order is off.

I have not tried the converter so cannot address that one for you.

Robert Lee Beach
Assistive Technology Specialist
Kansas City Kansas Community College
7250 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66112
rbeach at kckcc.edu

From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Howard Kramer
Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 2015 4:44 PM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: [Athen] PDFMaker vs. Word Add-in for pdf conversion

(Note: I also posted this on the WebAIM list)

I've noticed there are two contradictory views regarding PDFMaker vs. the Word/Office Add-in for Office 2010 and 2013. I've heard from some folks that the Word Add-in works fine and just as well as the PDFMaker Add-in. On the WebAIM site (http://webaim.org/techniques/acrobat/converting), they state, regarding the Word Add-in that:

The tagging process may not be quite as good as with the Adobe add-in, but most content, such as heading levels, lists, and alternative text for images is exported.

Is the above the general consensus or is this still up for debate. I'd like to know how strongly to recommend PDFMaker over the native Word Add-in.

Thanks in advance,

Howard Kramer
Conference Coordinator
Accessing Higher Ground
cell: 720-351-8668

AHEAD Association of Higher Education and Disability

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