Accessible PDF Remediation

PDF Remediation

Accessible PDF and Section 508 Conversion Services

Yes, yes, yes! PDFs also need to be accessible. A tagged PDF ensures people with disabilities using screen reader, speech to text technology or braille displayer get equal access. Providing Accessible PDFs is now a requirement as per Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 508 & AODA.

Just because a document is available as a downloadable PDF does not mean that it is an accessible PDF. As we know, PDFs are the go to format for organizations to share information.

Type of Documents:

  • User Manual
  • Training Manuals
  • Textbooks
  • Marketing Brochures
  • Application Forms
  • Annual Reports

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How do we remediate PDF files?

One of the main reasons why you need to choose a PDF remediation service is that accessibility cannot be achieved 100% through automation.

The key to providing an accessible PDF is to ensure that it is a tagged PDF. Tagging a PDF ensures that the content is available to assistive technology & screen reader users.

A tagged PDF has different elements that are required to be marked up. Tagging is a critical component of the PDF remediation process but it is not the only factor. Once a PDF is tagged, we can then set the relevant content into the specified tags. 

What are the techniques to tag a PDF document for accessibility?

Once a PDF is converted into a tagged PDF, the content is then marked up to ensure that it is understandable to assistive technology like screen readers. The PDF accessibility testing team follows some of the following PDF remediation techniques such as:

  • Identify the relevant Heading Structure
  • Mark the language of the document & the content
  • Set the correct reading order
  • Mark the lists
  • Set the column and row headers for simple & complex tables
  • Set the bookmarks
  • Correct the colour contrast for textual content (optional)

In addition to providing PDF accessibility services and ensuring accessible PDF document remediation, at 247 Accessible Documents, we also write the Image Descriptions.

What standards do we conform with for Accessible PDF document remediation?

The PDF accessibility testing team work with PDF/UA & Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) 2.0 & 2.1. Our PDF accessibility remediation and Section 508 conversion services ensure that the PDF is also ADA complaint. 

How do we ensure that the PDF document is Accessible?

At 247 Accessible Documents, we provide Section 508 conversion services and ensure quality PDF remediation service. With expertise in PDF/UA & WCAG 2.0 & 2.1, the PDF accessibility testing team not only tests with the PDF Accessibility Checker in Adobe Professional but also ensures that a manual quality check is thoroughly implemented on the tags and the content. In addition, all our documents are tested by a native Screen Reader User to ensure that it goes beyond compliance and is usable to people with disabilities.

Use the 247 Self Service Portal to upload your documents and receive accessible PDF documents or contact our account manager for Managed Document Remediation Services to set up a customized offering.

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