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Lawyer warns that PDFs fail on accessibility (UK)

In a recent article on ZDNet UK, a lawyer warns that PDFs fail on accessibility. This is a good reminder that when web accessibility is addressed, many times people fail to make their Acrobat files accessible. So, don’t forget your PDFs!

PDF documents on Web sites and intranets need to be accompanied by accessible HTML or text versions if they are to comply with disability legislation, a leading technology lawyer has claimed.

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Podcast #42: SpokenText web app

Dennis converses with Mark McKay founder of which is a new, free online application that converts documents to audio files. Excellent tool for making documents accessible by providing an alternative format. Good for iPod usage also!

Download Web Axe Episode 42 (SpokenText web app)

This site allows you to upload text (.txt), Acrobat (.pdf) or Word (.doc) files and have them converted to spoken audio. We also let you record emails, text from a website or enter the text you need converted directly.

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Accessible Acrobat (PDF) Files

Guidelines on how to create accessible Adobe Acrobat (a.k.a. PDF) files. Note that Acrobat files should only be used as supplemental content on a web site, not as primary content.

Download Web Axe Episode 19 (Acrobat Files)

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Accessible PDF (Acrobat) Files

We all know that PDF files (Adobe Acrobat) are very common in the workplace and on the web. Learn how to make them Accessible in this tenth podcast of Web Axe.

Download Web Axe Episode 10


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