In recent years, the Education community has focusing increasingly on making all web content accessible to individual individuals with disabilities. Adobe® is an industry leader in accessibility and supports the creation of outstanding web experiences by encouraging web developers to produce rich, engaging content that is accessible to all. Adobe has also been focusing on this important task by improving and facilitating accessible content creation and consumption with its powerful design applications and productivity tools.
The information below references resources on our website that can help educators and authors understand the need for creating accessible content for an increasing diversity of users and screens. Not only will content creators learn more about how to optimize their workflows and effectively design a document that not only looks good, but they can also improve the experience as all users on a variety of screens and devices.
What is Accessibility?
Accessibility involves two key issues: first, how users with disabilities access electronic information, and second, how web content designers and developers enable web pages to function with assistive devices used by individuals with disabilities.
For the user with a disability, the challenge is to identify tools that provide the most convenient access to web-based and other electronic information. For the web content designer/developer, the challenge is to remove the obstacles that prevent accessibility tools from functioning effectively. In many cases, these challenges are relatively simple to overcome, but sometimes the solutions require some additional thought and effort.
For more information on Accessibility visit: http://www.adobe.com/accessibility/gettingstarted/accessibility.html
I have heard of Section 508 and the 508 standards. What are they?
Accessibility policies vary from country to country, but most countries, including those in the European Union, have adopted standards based on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). In the United States, Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act mandates that web content maintained by the federal government be made accessible to people with disabilities. This law is based on W3C Priority One checkpoints. Find more information at: http://www.adobe.com/accessibility/508standards.html
Where can I find the latest information about Adobe products and accessibility?
A great start to find out the latest information on Accessibility at Adobe is http://www.adobe.com/accessibility/. There you will find links and resources to examples compliance news, blogs, case studies, tips and tricks and more.
I have heard that Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader are very useful for working with and reading accessible content. Is that true?
Yes, unlike other PDF tools, Adobe® Acrobat® 9 and Reader® 9 software continue the tradition of providing strong accessibility support for Adobe PDF documents and forms. Acrobat 9 features a number of built-in accommodations for people with disabilities as well as support for users of assistive technologies.
Where can I find more detailed information about Adobe Acrobat and Reader’s roles in facilitating the creation and displaying of Accessible documents?
- The Adobe site for Acrobat and accessibility lists many examples, tutorials, guides, and resources at: http://www.adobe.com/accessibility/products/acrobat/
- The accessibility link on AcrobatUsers.com is a good resource in addition to all things Acrobat related. http://acrobatusers.com/topics/accessibility
Are there any Adobe blogs that focus on Accessibility news and events?
Yes, visit the Adobe accessibility blog and join the discussion at: http://blogs.adobe.com/accessibility/
Which Adobe products support and encourage authors and developers in the production of accessible content?
Adobe seeks to provide products that support and encourage authors and developers in the production of accessible content. The latest information on these products can be found by clicking on these links.
Where can I find information on other Adobe applications and accessibility?
For information on additional applications please visit the Adobe Accessibility website at: http://www.adobe.com/accessibility/