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GOV.UK and PDF accessibility

This post revisits the subject of PDF accessibility myths, and why challenging such myths matters. It will argue that the problem of inaccessible PDFs is not the format itself, but the widespread lack of knowledge as to how to author them properly. Failure to understand this crucial distinction is itself an accessibility problem.

Dyslexia and the creative mindset—animation film and book

We are proud to be backing this project which has now reached its funding target. Its aim is to create a series of short animation films and a visual story book to tell 100 stories of finding out about dyslexia and the journey of learning differently.

Document accessibility: choice of format, standards, and testing with multiple assistive technologies

Here and in a series of forthcoming posts, we will be focusing on two important document accessibility themes. Firstly, all document formats, including HTML, have their strengths and weaknesses, and secondly, you may need to go much further than simply complying with standards…

Daisy Consortium announces beta release of EPUB 3 accessibility checker

The Daisy Consortium has this week announced the first public beta release of Ace (Accessibility Checker for EPUB)—an open source command line accessibility conformance checker for EPUB 3.

Fixing justified text in InDesign

There are many typographical factors that can affect the ability of people with dyslexia to read text. These include text and background colours, font face and size, leading (line height), and line and paragraph length.  Here we consider one further factor, namely text justification and the evenness of text spacing. Below we provide a quick tutorial for InDesign users on how to eliminate any potential problems, together with a note on the relevant standards.

Dolphin SuperNova at the Lightbox

2017 is Dolphin's thirtieth anniversary, and to celebrate the company is running a series of exhibitions around the country. As enthusiastic advocates of Dolphin's SuperNova screen magnifier/reader, we were delighted to take a few hours out to attend one of these, at the Sight for Surrey showcase at the Woking Lightbox.

“Inaccessible graphic design is commonplace”

"Inaccessible graphic design is commonplace." So opens the  report by Cornish et al. entitled Visual accessibility in graphic design: A client—designer communication failure. (2015). University of Cambridge, Elsevier. We briefly outline here the report's key findings, as well as our solutions…

Adobe announces long-awaited PDF accessibility support on iOS and Android

This is a significant moment in the development of accessible PDFs. It is reminiscent of the day, back in 2005, when I upgraded my version of JAWS 7.0 to version 7.1, to find that headings were now supported in PDFs. Adobe's recent announcement is, I believe, as much of a landmark.

PDF accessibility and browser plug-ins

Organisations that invest in making their online PDFs accessible should be aware that much of their good work could be undone by the way their websites are configured. However, there is an easy solution.

Scripting PDF bookmarks for accessibility

One perhaps not quite so obvious way in which scripting can be used to enhance the accessibility of PDF forms is via bookmarks.