[Athen] Word to PDF conversion suggestions?

Chagnon | PubCom chagnon at pubcom.com
Fri Feb 10 14:55:05 PST 2017

Probably the simplest solution is to format the Word document correctly so
that it exports to an accessible PDF. No extra tools needed, other that
Acrobat Pro itself to test and tweak the final accessibility features.

Looking forward, you can also make accessible Word templates that help
content creators easily and quickly create accessible documents.

And if you're remediating legacy PDFs, we recommend CommonLook. But
remember, no software tool can fully test and remediate a file. Real humans
need to determine if the correct tags were used, that the reading orders are
logical, how "appropriate" the Alt-text is, and other accessibility

To the best of my knowledge, no one has yet created a magic wand you can
wave over file and instantly make it accessibility <grin>.

For guidance on how to make an accessible PDF from Word, consider Karen
McCall's recent update of her book, Accessible and Usable PDF Documents:
Techniques for Document Authors, Fourth Edition. You can order from us at
http://www.pubcom.com/books/ or contact us at books at pubcom.com
<mailto:books at pubcom.com>

We also make accessible templates for institutions (government agencies and
academia) that are crucial a sane, economical, and "workable" workflow.

--Bevi Chagnon

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From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On
Behalf Of Thompson, Rachel
Sent: Friday, February 10, 2017 4:51 PM
To: athen-list at u.washington.edu
Subject: [Athen] Word to PDF conversion suggestions?

Hi, all.

We are about to start a process of converting Word to PDF and posting online
hundreds of policy documents. Our institution plans to make sure they are
accessible and our IT group has been tasked with automating this conversion
process as much as possible. What tools do you know of that can help with

Any suggestions from your experience?

Thanks for any ideas,

Dr. Rachel S. Thompson
Director, Emerging Technology and Accessibility
The Center for Instructional Technology
The University of Alabama
110 Russell Hall
Box 870248
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
Phone 205-348-0216
rsthompson2 at ua.edu <mailto:rsthompson2 at ua.edu> | <http://cit.ua.edu>
http://cit.ua.edu | <http://accessibility.ua.edu>

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