[Athen] Accessible Digital Content - Still Need PDF

Susan Kelmer Susan.Kelmer at colorado.edu
Tue Sep 15 06:42:25 PDT 2020

You should be able to easily create an accessible PDF from what you are making, if it is a Word file. Same for an HTML file. This is really just a few clicks, and done.

PDFs are not "going away" and I don't believe they ever will. People still want PDFs, and PDFs can be accessible if they were created properly.

*Please note: I am currently working remotely, so can be reached by email.*

Susan Kelmer
Alternate Format Production Program Manager
Disability Services
Division of Student Affairs
T 303 735 4836

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From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of Amanda Ryan
Sent: Tuesday, September 15, 2020 4:56 AM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network <athen-list at u.washington.edu>
Subject: [Athen] Accessible Digital Content - Still Need PDF

Good morning! We are currently required to create PDFs for many projects because they were promised to funders. We are trying our hardest to push people away from PDFs, but it will be years before we get to a place of zero PDFs.

We always create an accessible digital version, which is what we put front and center, but people still want the PDF available.

How do others handle the situation where you have an accessible digital version, but you still need to have a PDF version?

Amanda Ryan
Academic Technologist | Institute on Community Integration | ici.umn.edu<http://govrelations.umn.edu/>
University of Minnesota | umn.edu<http://umn.edu/>
webs0078 at umn.edu<mailto:anedoe at umn.edu> | 612-626-0246

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