Join Chad Chelius for an in-depth discussion in this video What is accessibility?, part of Creating Accessible PDFs (2014).
So, what is accessibility? Well, accessibility refers to the ability of users with visual or other physical impairments to read content. Although in this course we're focusing on the accessibility of PDF files, accessibility is also applicable to web content, mobile content, and, let's face it, all content. Even paper documents can be made accessible by providing braille version to users. The ultimate goal here is helping these users with impairments to read content.
Now, when we refer to users with impairments, we're not just talking about users who are blind. Impairments can also refer to people who are low vision impaired, mobility impaired, deaf, hard of hearing, and even users with cognitive impairments as well. You see, people with these types of impairments use assistive technology: software such as screen readers, screen magnifiers, text-to-speech software, speech recognition software, alternative input devices, braille embossers and other displays.
Sighted users take for granted how easy it is to simply open up a file, or grab a magazine or newspaper, or read a basic street sign. For this reason, I take the concept of accessibility very seriously. All users deserve to read content in an easy and efficient manner. Many people I talk to regarding making their documents successful, tend to brush off the need to make documents accessible. In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law, which guarantees that people with impairments and disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream American life.
This act particularly affects users who work in the areas of government, education, non-profit, and others, have been tasked with ensuring that all published documents are accessible to users with visual impairments. If they publish a document on the web that is not accessible, they are isolating their audience to only sighted users. So now that you have an understanding of what accessibility means, let's move on and talk about the experience.
- What is accessibility?
- Understanding the experience of users with visual impairments
- How to know if a PDF is accessible
- Creating a PDF with PDFMaker
- Adding metadata, bookmarks, and links
- Inserting alternative text
- Controlling tab and reading order from InDesign
- Creating cross-references in InDesign
- Adding tags, bookmarks, and alt text in Acrobat
- Using the Make Accessible Wizard
Skill Level Intermediate
InDesign CC: Interactive Document Fundamentals (2014)with Mike Rankin3h 47m Intermediate
InDesign Insider Training: Interactive PDFswith David Blatner2h 22m Intermediate
1. Understanding Accessibility
2. Generating an Accessible PDF from Word
3. Generating an Accessible PDF from InDesign
4. Making an Existing PDF File Accessible
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