[Athen] Making accessible info with InDesign?
dandrews920 at comcast.net
Tue May 11 17:19:03 PDT 2021
It strikes me that everybody is a little bit
right! I think that the graphical user interface
has created the illusion that someone who doesn't
know a lot can use a complex tool to get the
results she wants. Many of these tools, Acrobat
Pro, InDesign etc., are best used by people who
use them regularly, not a casual user. In an
ideal world, our tools would produce accessible
web sites and documents automatically, but we are not there yet.
At 01:54 PM 5/11/2021, you wrote:
>I have been following this thread and I need to finally add my two cents
>As a blind accessibility professional myself, I
>have had very little success with any of the
>Adobe products. Even their basic PDF reader is not great for accessibility.
>My suggestion to all accessibility professionals
>who are producing accessible materials is that
>you change your approach slightly. Instead of
>fighting with proprietary software packages
>which claim to support accessibility, I suggest
>spending a few hours to learn Multi
>Markdown. Multi Markdown is an extension of
>Markdown, which is a basic (but powerful)
>scripting language for producing accessible
>electronic materials which can be converted to
>almost any accessible format such as .doc,
>.docx, pdf, html, rtf, daisy, and .brf formats
>using one markdown (.md) original
>file. Markdown is kind of the swiss army knife
>of accessible file conversion. The syntax for
>Multi Markdown is easy to learn and it can be
>combined with MathML and LaTec for Math and Science content.
>And, a really big bonus is that Multi Markdown
>is also fully accessible for blind and visually
>impaired professionals to produce accessible
>alternate formats- thus finally opening up this
>profession as a viable option for people with visual disabilities.
>So, in conclusion, I suggest scrapping anything
>made by Adobe and checking out Multi Markdown
>for youre your alternative formats production and conversion needs.
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