Everyone loves the PDF file format. It’s just what it says, it’s a Portable Document File. It can be created from and will open on nearly any device or platform, retains its formatting, and is secure. It can contain text, images, lists, tables, and diagrams. It’s an extremely useful document file format. Unless that is, you are a person who uses assistive technology to read your digital documents. Then a PDF is often the bane of your existence. Especially if… Continue Reading Why you should never Print to PDF
PDFs, or, “portable document format,” are one of the most widely used digital document formats. They maintain their visual formatting no matter what device is used to read them and can be protected against editing. However, PDFs can also be one of the least accessible document types for people using assistive technology to access digital information. In order to make them accessible, PDF remediation is needed. There are a few myths about PDF accessibility. Here are some common misconceptions: Myth:… Continue Reading 3 Myths about PDF Accessibility and Document Conversion
Insurance companies often save documents as PDFs to make them easily reproducible in the same format. However, PDFs are often inaccessible to clients who use assistive technology. Clients who use devices like screen readers or refreshable Braille displays may not be able to access necessary documents to keep their healthcare bills and benefits organized and up to date. With over 25% of the population having some disability, PDF accessibility is vital to the success of your clients, your employees,… Continue Reading PDF Remediation for Health Insurance
Businesses, schools, and organizations produce hundreds of PDF files of catalogs, reports, minutes, statements and other scheduled informational documents. With so much work now being done digitally and online, all these documents need to be WCAG and 508 compliant so they are accessible for people using assistive technology. If your organization is producing large quantities of similar documents, remediating them to make them accessible can eat up valuable manpower and time. Batch processing is the solution. Which documents might need… Continue Reading Is Batch Processing Your Accessibility Solution?
Brokers sued over Accessibility In 2018, several lawsuits were filed against Morgan Stanley and TD Ameritrade due to issues with the accessibility of their websites. The plaintiffs, who are blind, were unable to access their digital account information and statements using their screen-reading technology. Morgan Stanley was sued for $9 million and then was sued a second time for $4 million. TD Ameritrade settled with their plaintiff for an undisclosed amount including attorney costs. PDF Documents Must be Accessible Too… Continue Reading Accessibility Batch Processing for Statements and Reports
Image recognition is a rapidly evolving technology that uses artificial intelligence tools like computer vision and machine learning to identify digital images. In order to do this, the images are transformed into descriptions that are used to convey meaning. A simple explanation of how it works is that image examples and definitions (said definitions set by humans) are given to the computer, and then the computer is provided with more image examples to identify in repeating tests until the computer… Continue Reading Can Image Recognition by Artificial Intelligence Replace Alt Text?
Making your website accessible is non-negotiable. Ensuring that both your physical and virtual locations are welcoming and accessible to all of your potential visitors is both good business and legally required, especially considering that as much as 25% of the population lives with a disability. One of the more time-consuming aspects of accomplishing website accessibility is PDF conversion. A large percentage of PDF files are not accessible to assistive technology users because their content is not digitally tagged. If you’ve got… Continue Reading PDF Conversion Pricing- Am I Getting a Good Deal?
Most professional remediators enter the field because they care passionately about accessibility and many have a personal connection to making information available to everyone. You are attentive to detail and knowledgeable about WCAG and 508 guidelines. You also want to produce as many fully accessible documents as possible in the least amount of time – because we all have to earn a living and time is money. Evaluating tools for pro remediators can help you choose the best solution. There… Continue Reading Evaluating Tools for Professional PDF Remediators
Why Validate? Remediating documents to be compatible with assistive technology is a large part of making content accessible. Documents can be extremely complex, containing elements such as tables, nested lists, infographics including pie charts and graphs, links, footnotes, and may have creative formatting and placement of these elements. Reading order is also an important component of remediation. Once remediation is completed, however, the content must go through a validation process in order to ensure that all errors have been corrected… Continue Reading Validation – A Key Step to Accessibility
If you’ve finally started the journey to making your website accessible, good for you! Now as many as 20% more people will be able to take advantage of the goods and services offered on your website. While you may have updated the text, images, and navigation functions on your most important web pages, you may not have gotten around to the pages and pages of backlogged or archived PDF documents that are hiding under easily forgotten, seldom-used tabs. Maybe your… Continue Reading PDF Remediation: In-House or Outsource?