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The world's default electronic paper technology, PDF files are opened hundreds of millions of times daily across the globe. PDF is in constant, heavy use for communications between publishers and printers, between individuals and organizations and throughout all levels of government. Australian Government has recently recognized that PDF files are in constant use on Government web sites and has published recommendations for ensuring that PDF files are accessible including using tools such as CommonLook PDF Global Access.

Web Accessibility + Document Accessibility = Fully Accessible Web sites. Many persons with disabilities - especially those with visual or mobility impairments - require Assistive Technology (AT) to use electronic content, including PDF files. PDF files must be "tagged" to be accessible. Historically, support for tagged PDF has been a relatively low priority for PDF software and assistive technology vendors.

Properly tagged Accessible PDF documents and Forms are the only way to be truly in compliance with the Accessibility requirements of Government and Private Organizations. With the Australian Web Accessibility National Transition Strategy deadlines of December 2014 for WCAG 2.0 AA compliance having recently passed, many Australian government agencies and corporations are in the process of looking for solutions. The Australian Government now considers PDF files to meet WCAG 2.0 AA requirements when properly tagged. Because of this, smart organizations are taking the steps today to ensure that documents that they publish to their web sites or distribute are in a fully accessible format. PDF files can be difficult to make accessible using traditional approaches such as Adobe Acrobat Professional, but there are better tools available. NetCentric's CommonLook Family of PDF tools and services are the only choice for solutions for discovery, audit, remediation and creation of accessible PDF documents and forms that are WCAG 2.0 AA compliant.

CommonLook VAR Partners in Australia include Quantum RLV and Webbism and are available to demonstrate the capabilities of CommonLook’s tools for accessible PDF creation, remediation and verification in addition to selling our document remediation services. We also have a direct sales office in Melbourne.  Training for CommonLook products is available exclusively through Vision Australia.

 

 

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