[Athen] JAWS and PDF/Word/Text files
dandrews at visi.com
Mon Dec 12 17:42:07 PST 2016
Most people probably already know this, but when
using PDF's with a screen reader, it is best to
use the stand-alone Adobe Acrobat Reader, not one
of the browser plug-in versions. The stand-alone
seems to be more reliable and stable when used with a screen reader.
At 03:34 PM 12/12/2016, you wrote:
>âI can't say I would turn to PDF - I agree
>with Bevi that the file format has much going
>for it, but the issues I experienced with
>students had more to do with integration between
>the screen-reader and the Adobe Reader/Acrobat
>software that made reading PDF documents
>problematic, particularly for larger documents.â
>We produce extremely large PDF documents for
>academia and government every day. When made
>correctly, your students shouldnât be having these problems.
>Is there a chance you can send me a sample PDF
>that didnât work well enough for your
>students? Iâd like to investigate what is
>failing so that either 1) I can give you
>suggestions on how to correct the PDF, or 2)
>give feedback to Adobe, Microsoft, and the
>screen reader manufacturers on whatâs failing so that it can be fixed.
>Our team members work closely with all the key
>stakeholders so that we can eventually have a
>seamless, easy method of making accessible
>documents from the source Word, PowerPoint, and
>InDesign files to the exported PDFs. Weâre getting there, slowly but surely!
>And yes, you should start seeing incremental
>improvements everywhere, software by software,
>feature by feature over the next year or so.
>To email a sample to me, send it to
><mailto:Bevi at PubCom.com>Bevi at PubCom.com Â Â If
>itâs too large for email, contact me and
>Iâll set you up with a secure FTP upload page.
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