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How to convert an old PDF into an accessible PDF

Accessible PDFs are essential when it comes to delivering content that people who are blind or with low vision can access. Unfortunately though, many PDFs online are not accessible: they are image-based and cannot be read properly by screen readers.

So, is it possible to convert existing non-accessible PDFs into ones that are accessible? Sue Costa, our in-house PDF expert, has the answer. 

Sue Costa - Nov 13, 2015

Are PDFs becoming more accessible?

During our Ask T-Base Program, many people have come to us with questions about accessible PDFs. It’s an important topic to cover, as accessible PDFs are used in many different industries and benefit blind and low vision readers in a multitude of ways.

Are PDFs becoming more accessible? Sue Costa, our Transcription Specialist & Web Accessibility Liaison, answers.

Sue Costa - Jul 21, 2015

Is offering an accessible PDF good enough?

The definitive answer is... “No, it’s not.” Offering documents and statements online as a fully accessible PDF is a very progressive and inclusive step, but it is simply not enough. In fact, accessibility legislation mandates that customers are offered access in their preferred format and it just makes good business sense. What consumers want is choice, and a standard PDF made with accessibility software solutions does not fully provide it.

Sue Costa - Apr 14, 2015

Is photocopying a statement or document for a low vision customer acceptable?

Image of a large print billing statementMany organizations that use photocopying to enlarge regular print statements are doing themselves, their large print customers and their brand a great disservice. To fully address accessibility issues, and communicate effectively with the low vision customers, organizations must go beyond standard design methods. Using a photocopier's zoom feature to increase readability for users requiring large print is not recommended. Photocopying can result in reproduction issues such as low contrast and poor quality. In addition, photocopying does not adhere to the large print standards for the uniformity of font size and style, high contrast, and layout design.

Sue Costa - Mar 11, 2015

Why is it important to provide large print?

Large print documents for low vision users, (often referred to as large format, large print format or large font) correctly produced, follow a set of guidelines that improve readability beyond standard design and formatting. This includes a larger point size for characters, plus the use of sans-serif fonts, increased spacing and improved contrast, amongst many other key features. 
Sue Costa - Mar 06, 2015
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