January 14, 2013
Adobe is offering a free webinar on document accessibility in conjunction with SSB BART Group and FedInsider News. The webinar will take place Wednesday January 23, from 1:30-2:30 (US eastern time zone).
Jon Avila from SSB BART Group will lead the session which will target managers and content authors in addressing the following topics:
- Overview of accessibility requirements relevant to document creation.
- Guidance on how to analyze known problems in existing documentation.
- Proper use of native document creation software.
- Techniques for finding and fixing accessibility violations.
- Best practices to maintain and update document creation processes to ensure ongoing accessibility.
You can read a more information about the webinar and register at http://solutions.adobe.com/?elqPURLPage=114. Please join us for this event!
Update: I neglected to mention it, but the webinar will have live captioning.
Update: The webinar recording is available.
January 3, 2013
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.
January 3, 2012
Authors looking for additional guidance on how to meet the W3C WCAG 2.0 for PDF documents can now look to the W3C techniques repository for additional guidance. Techniques for PDF authored over the past two years since the release of the last update to the WCAG techniques (which included techniques for Flash) are now part of the larger collection of techniques. View the full set of WCAG 2.0 techniques or view PDF techniques on their own.
These techniques provide a clear path for demonstrating that a PDF document can meet the most current accessibility standard from the W3C.
As with the Flash techniques for WCAG 2.0 and techniques for all other technologies, the PDF techniques are presented as examples which the WCAG Working Group viewed as sufficient to meet WCAG 2.0 success criteria, not as the only way to meet any given success criteria. Authors may discover a new way to address a success criteria, in a way not yet covered in the existing techniques, and be able to demonstrate why it is sufficient. The techniques offer a collection of strategies that have been reviewed by the working group, but the techniques collections for all technologies are works in progress as there are always additional ways to address success criteria.
The table below provides a listing of the WCAG level A and AA success criteria and the PDF-specific and General techniques that authors can employ to meet success criteria. It is worth noting that not all success criteria for WCAG 2.0 have technology-specific techniques. For example 1.3.3 (Sensory characteristics) has only general techniques, and in this case and similar ones I reference the relevant general techniques section. In some cases there are relevant general techniques as well as PDF-specific techniques and for these both are linked.
Update: I neglected to acknowledge the hard work of Mary Utt from The Paciello Group on the PDF techniques initially, but Mary was a tremendous help in moving this work forward and I offer many thanks. Many people on the WCAG working group also worked very hard to help make these techniques reach this final stage. Thanks to all!
Please send general comments, comments or questions on the techniques, or suggestions for new techniques.
March 11, 2011
The California State University at Northridge’s Conference on Disability is going on March 16-18, 2011, and Adobe is offering a number of sessions that we hope people will find interesting and informative, as well as offering opportunities to talk directly to Adobe’s accessibility team and product team members.
The event will feature several sessions and events that I want to provide some details for. Here’s our schedule of events:
Wednesday, March 16
Thursday, March 17
Friday, March 18
The following is not an Adobe session, but it is introducing a valuable resource in the form of a course on accessible Flash development, developed jointly by the Department of Veterans Affairs and SSB BART Group.
Adobe will have several people at CSUN and will be attending the TweetUp as well as being available to talk between or after sessions. Please come introduce yourself and ask questions and share your thoughts.
February 18, 2011
Adobe is running a series of training in Australia the first week of March to help Australian Government employees understand how to create accessible PDF documents. The trainings are being held in Canberra at the National Museum of Australia, but will be recorded and made available online after the sessions (probably with a 1-2 week delay in order to have the recordings captioned and posted). We are running these sessions in conjunction with the Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO).
I’m delivering two different presentations (twice each):
- PDF Accessibility for Everyone – suitable for a wide range of user knowledge of accessibility, focusing on common authoring pathways
- PDF Accessibility for Techo’s – an advanced session for people with good knowledge of accessibility
More information about the sessions, and registration for attendance, is now available.
I’m looking forward to these sessions and helping people understand how to create PDF documents that meet WCAG 2.0 and are easily used by people with disabilities.