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Subject: Accessibility Question on ODF 1.O PDF file


Since there is an accessibility question with regard to the OASIS 
membership PDF file, I opened the ODF 1.0 document in Acrobat to check 
on accessibility.

The Accessibility Quick Check reports:

"This document is not structured so the reading order may not be 
correct. Try different reading orders using the Reading Preferences panel."

I tried the Read Aloud option with both the default setting, Infer 
reading order from document (recommended), and Left-to-right, 
top-to-bottom reading order.

I tried reading the title page and page 32, which starts with a table.

The built-in Adobe reader read both pages but I would be hard pressed to 
say that its reading of the table was very useful. There was, for 
example, no pause between the text in the last cell on one row and the 
text in the first cell on the next row.

That may be the expected behavior but I am curious what difference, if 
any, having structure embedded in the Adobe document would make.

Can someone more familiar with the impact of including structure in PDF 
on accessibiliity shed some light on that question?

Hope everyone is having a great day!


Patrick Durusau
Chair, V1 - Text Processing: Office and Publishing Systems Interface
Co-Editor, ISO 13250, Topic Maps -- Reference Model
Member, Text Encoding Initiative Board of Directors, 2003-2005

Topic Maps: Human, not artificial, intelligence at work! 

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