Many times I refer to Acrobat as a Swiss Army Knife? Why? Like a Swiss Army Knife you need to have it with you always, it can help you in emergencies, and is a tool you can use daily. I use Acrobat daily in my work, even prior to joining Adobe. Many times it has been my life saver as I needed to edit a PDF file that no one could find the original document. Enter Acrobat, as my emergency rescue, I just export the PDF to Word and begin editing.
In state and local government, I find they use Acrobat the way we sometimes use a Swiss Army knife. We get out the knife blade or in Acrobat’s case the Create PDF blade and we forget there are other tools in Acrobat. In our post today I would like to explore some of the other uses of Acrobat or its other blades.
Recently, President Obama signed into law the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. The Act includes a number of provisions intended to increase access to video programming on television and the Internet, require access to the user interfaces used to access information online via smartphones, and require access to on-screen menus for DVD players and set-top boxes. You can read more about the Act and Adobe’s thoughts on it on the Adobe Accessibility blog.
We caught up with Andrew Kirkpatrick, group product manager for accessibility at Adobe, directly after he attended the signing event at the White House. Please check out the following video for Andrew’s thoughts on the Act and the event.
A transcript of the video is available in YouTube and in PDF here.
We recently sponsored a Section 508 accessibility event at the U.S. Access Board Auditorium in Washington, D.C. The late October event included discussion on the changing standards, policy, and compliance landscape.
We were honored to have talks by the following special guests:
Kareem Dale, Associate Director, White House Office of Public Engagement, Special Assistant to the President for Disability Policy
Terry Weaver, Director of IT Accessibility, General Services Administration
David Capozzi, Executive Director, U.S. Access Board
The morning also featured a presentation from Adobe and other government leaders on best technology practices for achieving accessibility.
Please check out the following video for an overview of the event, including thoughts from several of the speakers.