Can Win2PDF create "accessible" PDF files?
Posted by Craig Lebakken on 04 January 2008 05:22 PM
Can Win2PDF produce "accessible" or ADA compliant PDF files?
PDF accessibility is a complex topic, and PDF files may or may not be accessible depending on how you define it.
Adobe Acrobat includes features to add special "tags" to PDF files which can be used by screen readers. This is described in detail in the following article:
Win2PDF does not support creating "tagged" PDF files, but the files can still be read by the Adobe Reader "Read Out Loud" feature. PDF accessibility is described in detail on the following page.
The best way to create a truly accessible PDF file is to manually edit the PDF file using the Adobe Acrobat accessibility tools. However, even "untagged" PDF files created by Win2PDF can use the "Read Out Loud" feature of Adobe Reader 8.0 for vision impaired users. Depending on how you define accessibility, Win2PDF may or may not produce accessible PDF files.