Engineering students do accessibility. Graphic design students, not so much

We regularly train graphic designers in creating accessible PDFs from Adobe InDesign, and we get the same feedback all the time: "I wish we had been taught this stuff at Uni" … If you run a university graphic design course, we would, of course, be happy to hear from you.

The case against banning italics

Why a blanket ban on italics for accessibility reasons is likely to do more harm than good.

JAWS 2019 update to fix PDF language attribute bug

BREAKING NEWS—A forthcoming upgrade to JAWS 2019, expected in February, is set to fix a JAWS 2018 PDF language attribute-related problem…

De-mystifying PDF table summaries

A table summary can greatly enhance the usability of tabular data. It is possible to add an invisible, behind-the-scenes summary to a data table in a PDF. However, your content will be far more effective if you  include table summary texts visibly on the page.

Document formats, accessibility and productivity

My recent conversation with someone at the heart of the UK public sector digital realm ended abruptly when I made the objectively, demonstrably true argument that some content types can be more accessible in non-HTML formats than they can be in HTML.

Ebook accessibility course updated and expanded

We have comprehensively updated and expanded our course in creating, editing and testing accessible ebooks using Adobe InDesign, oXygen, Dreamweaver…

The EU Accessibility Directive becomes law

If you work in the public sector and are responsible for creating PDFs for online consumption, you need to be aware that the EU Accessibility Directive comes into force today.

Accessible annual report financial tables

This article sets out some of the most common design and layout problems found in annual report financial tables.

We are now a G-Cloud 10 supplier

The Accessible Digital Documents Company has been successful in its bid to become a G-Cloud 10 supplier, having previously been approved to provide G-Cloud 9 PDF and ebook accessibility services.

Accessible PDF and PDF/UA-compliance are not the same thing

Accessible PDF and PDF/UA compliance are not the same thing. One day they may be, but we are currently a long way from that point.