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The EU Accessibility Directive

In my opinion, the EU Accessibility Directive is unambiguously the best thing to have happened to accessibility world in the almost two decades that I have been involved in the field…

We are now a G-Cloud 11 supplier

We are happy to confirm that the Accessible Digital Documents Company is now a G-Cloud 11 supplier, having been successful in our bid to provide PDF and EPUB accessibility services and training.

Comment on “How to find the right PDF remediation firm”

The recent significant increase in demand for PDF accessibility remediation services is very much to be welcomed. However, there is currently a serious and widespread issue with quality…

The skipped headings myth

One of the most persistent myths amongst document producers is that skipping a heading level will always create an accessibility problem …

Artificial Intelligence is coming to PDF accessibility

AI already has the ability to take some of the hard work out of the process of making PDFs accessible, and will undoubtedly continue to do an increasing share of the work in the future…

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" …

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.