A few weeks ago I hosted a webinar about Accessible PDFs as a part of the Aten at Home Webinar Series. Here’s a quick recap of what we covered, and a recording of the session. Thanks to everyone who participated!
For more about accessibility, check out A Holistic Approach to Accessibility.
What We Covered
- Cons to using PDFs
PDFs aren’t responsive, they’re not consistent, and they’re generally harder to work with than other formats. But they do have a place, and they’re not going away anytime soon.
- Alternative formats to PDFs
From plaintext and HTML to EPub3 and native document formats, there are a number of great alternatives PDFs. It’s worth being familiar with the options.
- Accessible PDF Overview
Accessible PDFs include metadata that helps screen readers and other devices correctly interpret their content. Like accessible web pages, accessible PDFs provide semantic structure, strong contrast, and a number of other important considerations.
- Creating PDFs from the beginning with Microsoft Word
Microsoft Word provides a number of powerful, easy-to-use tools for converting your documents to accessible PDFs.
- Evaluating and Repairing PDFs with Adobe Acrobat Pro
If you need to evaluate or repair an existing PDF, Adobe Acrobat Pro is probably your best bet.