What PDF haters should know about PDF a11y (Meeting Room)
Author: Markus / Etherpad
A lot of content on the Web is in PDFs. How can we make this accessible?
Concept: PDF is a container format, you can put everything in it (even a website).
PDF is a secure package. Made of concrete. It's fixed. The content is neither flexible nor customizable.
Accessible PDF: Visible layout with invisible structure level that is similar to HTML.
If a person can deal with an accessible website, they can deal with an accessible PDF.
2012: ISO Standard for accessible PDF: PDF/UA (universal access).
Why do we hate things or stuff?
- things we don't like about out self
- things which are restrictive
- things we do not understand
Thesis: A lot of hate is based om not knowing a lot of things about PDF
- PDF is a container.
- PDF is fixed, everyone on every device sees the content in the same way/presentation.
Visible PDF as before, but an accessible structure similar to HTML.