by Matt May

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January 3, 2013

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On behalf of the Adobe Accessibility team, I’d like to welcome you all to 2013. We’ve got a big year ahead of us, and we’re starting with some new documentation for Acrobat XI.

We’ve updated our Acrobat accessibility training resources page with four new PDFs:

PDF Accessibility Overview
Covers the accessibility features of PDF as a document format, as well as Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader.
Using the Acrobat XI Pro Accessibility Checker
A complete walkthrough of Acrobat XI’s Accessibility Checker, as well as the Make Accessible action wizard.
Acrobat XI Pro PDF Accessibility Repair Workflow
Walk step-by-step through the PDF accessibility process in Acrobat XI.
Acrobat XI Pro Accessible Forms and Interactive Documents
Create interactive forms that can be used by anyone, ensuring privacy and independence for all.

We’ve also created a Acrobat XI accessibility best practices document which contains all four of the above guides in a single file. Documentation for Acrobat versions 8 and up can be found on the training resources page as well.

The new features of Acrobat XI are intended to make creating PDF documents both easier and more automatic. The Make Accessible action wizard walks users through a number of steps, like running optical character recognition and prompting for alternate text on images, and then tests the final product. This makes the process for editing and testing for PDF accessibility a fast, uniform process for authors of all skill levels. The built-in accessibility checker has also been improved, including testing support for the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0. We think this is the most substantial improvement in Acrobat accessibility since we added support for assistive technology back in 2002.

The team is looking forward to giving a detailed Adobe Acrobat XI walkthrough at the 28th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference on February 28th, and at other conferences throughout the year. We hope you’ll find these tutorials useful.

COMMENTS

  • By Kylee Maloney - 1:37 PM on January 9, 2013  

    The only issue I have with this is that it in and of itself is not accessible. This limits disabled people to the role of participant rather than contributor. I’ve read that successive versions of Acrobat have been increasingly difficult to use with screen readers. IT’s not enough that we can read and navigate documents accessiblly; we absolutely *must* be able to create them as well.

    • By AWK - 2:14 PM on January 9, 2013  

      The PDF documents were designed to be accessible. If you are finding otherwise, please send additional details so we can address any issues.