[Athen] making highly visual PDFs accessible

Joseph Sherman Joseph.Sherman at cuny.edu
Thu Jul 2 06:33:54 PDT 2015

For highly visual posters and the like, I usually suggest two simple starting points. First to examine the use of color, ensuring adequate contrast and not using color alone to convey content. Second, make sure any information in the flyer is available in text either in the e-mail or on the web page with the flyer.

Joseph Sherman
Accessibility Specialist
CUNY Computing & Information Services
395 Hudson St 6FL, 6-236
646-664-2167| Joseph.Sherman at cuny.edu<mailto:Joseph.Sherman at cuny.edu>

From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Kathleen Cahill
Sent: Wednesday, July 01, 2015 8:47 PM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: Re: [Athen] making highly visual PDFs accessible

Hi Teresa,

Check out Penn State's useful web site about creating accessible PDFs from InDesign: http://accessibility.psu.edu/pdf/indesign<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v1/url?u=http://accessibility.psu.edu/pdf/indesign&k=YqK%2Bsx86gjdMGxI5fMs%2FDA%3D%3D%0A&r=27iLL26KS748%2FcXPCUAahpL8wvAbvd2xW6iGe%2FyH4%2BA%3D%0A&m=tGqSy0mwQF938OhK7PvIeVKC%2B8i8H2PDm%2BaXi202hqs%3D%0A&s=7b4202dc1c2f69954d97cb3ee5877de5cb1c0f300b3ebc8a0f23afb3a818aa20>/

I found it very helpful.


Kathleen Cahill
MIT Assistive Technology Information Center (ATIC)
77 Mass. Ave. 7-143
Cambridge MA 02139
(617) 253-5111
kcahill at mit.edu<mailto:kcahill at mit.edu>

From: Teresa Haven <Teresa.Haven at nau.edu<mailto:Teresa.Haven at nau.edu>>
Reply-To: Access Network <athen-list at u.washington.edu<mailto:athen-list at u.washington.edu>>
Date: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 6:59 PM
To: Access Network <athen-list at u.washington.edu<mailto:athen-list at u.washington.edu>>
Subject: [Athen] making highly visual PDFs accessible

Greetings, all. I'm running into a challenge that I hope you can share some insights on. We have a couple of groups on campus who, as their main function, produce highly visual PDFs for mass distribution. (They are the graphic designers that in the "old days" would have been creating print products, such as flyers, posters, etc., but now are distributing their products primarily digitally, with print as a secondary avenue.) This unfortunately doesn't fall into the same category as teaching people how to make their PDFs-from-Word accessible, since their primary production tools are other parts of the Adobe suite - Photoshop, Illustrator, etc. Until recently they weren't using InDesign at all, and at my urging they are starting to add that tool to their workflow, but they need more help. Does anyone have tips, resources, etc. that I might be able to share with them? They already have all the documentation that is available directly from Adobe.

Thanks in advance,

Teresa Haven, Ph.D.
Accessibility Analyst, Northern Arizona University

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