[Athen] Can we teach instructors the rudiments of accessibility?

Deborah Armstrong armstrongdeborah at fhda.edu
Tue Oct 20 14:18:45 PDT 2020

I was slowly trawling through a PDF that had OCR'd very badly, planning to email the resulting text to a student when I was done. It was a class handout she needed ASAP.

A typically disorganized professor had just assigned it and asked the students to read it today and discuss it tomorrow.

I got about halfway through, mindlessly zapping headers and footers until I actually read one and realized it was a web page.

I went to the web page and the entire article was there, in beautifully formatted and structured HTML!

Now why would a prof take a perfectly accessible article, print it scan it in to a PDF and put that up on the class home page - especially at the last minute!

Or maybe a better question to ask is why did stupid me not notice it was taken from a web page until I was halfway through cleaning it up?

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