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The Accessible Digital Documents Company appointed a G-Cloud 9 supplier

We are delighted to announce that The Accessible Digital Documents Company Ltd has been successful in its bid to become a G-Cloud 9 supplier. We have been approved by Crown Commercial Services to offer a range of cloud support services to the public sector…  

PDF/A accessibility issues

It is widely believed that compliance with PDF/A (the PDF archiving format)  has no negative impact on PDF accessibility. This is broadly correct, but there are a few notable exceptions with respect to colour customisation, footnotes/endnotes, and forms.

NVDA PDF Actual Text bug

There is currently a potentially show-stopping bug in NVDA relating to the use of the Actual Text attribute in PDFs. And, now that SuperNova more or less correctly differentiates between  Actual Text and Alternate Text attributes, there is a practical reason for using each of these attributes correctly.

Cabinet Office correspondence on the EU Accessibility Directive

The Cabinet Office has confirmed to us that the government  intends to incorporate the recently agreed EU Accessibility Directive into UK law, despite the Brexit process. Last October we posted a report about the directive, explaining how the directive aims to make public sector websites, documents,…

vBookz PDF Voice Reader for iOS

The vBookz PDF Voice Reader app for iOS is specifically aimed at dyslexic readers, but will also be of interest to others with accessibility. It is also a useful tool for those creating accessible PDFs and looking to go beyond simply testing with screen readers.

GOV.UK assistive technology survey 2016

The results are in for the GOV.UK assistive technology survey, detailing the different types of assistive technology people are using to access the site. They are notable for a number of reasons.

EU Accessibility Directive approved

This week the long-awaited EU accessibility directive was approved by the European Parliament. Its aim is to ensure that websites, documents and apps are accessible to everyone interacting with public sector bodies. Once the directive is in force, public sector organisations across the EU…

Metadata, discoverability and accessibility in publishing

The commercial drivers of accessibility metadata… According to the World Bank and the World Health Organisation's World Report on Disability, 2011, some 15% of the world's population (over a billion people) have some form of disability.

Accessible PDF exam papers

Is PDF the ideal format for accessible exam papers?

BISG Quick Start Guide to Accessible Publishing

Last week the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) launched its Quick Start Guide to Accessible Publishing, providing a comprehensive guide to the essentials of creating accessible ebooks. The guide is available as a free download from the BISG site in, not surprisingly, a highly accessible EPUB as well as, unfortunately, an inaccessible PDF.