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 organisations and throughout all levels of government.
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.
PDF/UA (ISO 14289), a new ISO Standard, will change this paradigm. While AT users will benefit the most from PDF files that conform to PDF/UA, all users will benefit from standards-based support for accessibility-enabled PDF content in search, navigation and re-use implementations.
Speakers & Panelists
Andrew Arch AGIMO
Acting Director, Web Policy
Duff Johnson, NetCentric Technologies
ISO 14289 - US Spokesperson, US Committee Chair
Michael Curran & James Teh, NV Access
Co-Creators, NVDA (Non Visual Desktop Access)
Neil King, Vision Australia
National Manager, Accessibility Consulting
Level 4 Conference Room
About the Participants
|(TBC) The Australian Government Information Management Office (AGIMO), Department of Finance and Deregulation is working to make Australia a leader in the productive application of information and communication technologies (ICT) to government administration information and services.|
|NetCentric Technologies is the world's leading PDF accessibility specialist and maker of CommonLook suite of tools and services. With software solutions for accessible PDF creation from MS Word and PowerPoint to verification, repair (remediation) and assessment, NetCentric Technologies offers the most comprehensive range of products and services to assist organisations ensure the accessibility of their PDF electronic documents and forms.|
|NV Access is an Australian non-profit organisation dedicated to the principle that access to technology should not incur an extra cost for blind and vision impaired users. The creation of software developers Michael Curran and James Teh, both blind, NVDA is an industry-leading screen reader that's open source and completely free. NV Access is the first assistive technology provider to announce its intention to support PDF/UA. NV Access's work towards PDF/UA conformance is supported by Adobe Systems and the PDF Association via its NVDA goes PDF/UA project.|
|Vision Australia is a partnership between people who are blind, sighted or have low vision. We are united by our passion that people who are blind or have low vision will have access to and fully participate in every part of life they choose.|