Accessible Document Creation/Remediation
- WAI Web Accessibility Tutorials: Image Concepts
- Step-by-step guides to solving common accessibility problems in various document types - Michigan State Univ
- Making Images Accessible - DIAGRAM Center
- Text alternatives - a decision tree To help web writers write better text alternatives for images
- HHS: Making Files Accessible
- Tips for Creating EPub 3 Documents
- National Center on Disability and Access to Education (NACDAE) - Cheatsheets for accessible document creation
- California Community Colleges: Accessible Document Creation
- Microsoft: Office Accessibility Center
- Karen McCall: Best Practices for Accessible Documents and Use of Adaptive Technology for MS Office 2016 (Windows)
Vendors are available to remediate documents. Cost is dependent upon the complexity of the document.
First ask yourself if the document must be in the .pdf file format. Created as an inflexible format, .pdf was designed to lock-in fonts, colors, spacing - basically disallow any modification to the document so it could look the same across applications and operating systems. By "remediating" or creating an accessible .pdf document, you are trying to make a document designed to be inflexible, flexible.
Can your document be HTML or read-only Word (.doc) which can be much more accessible? If not, below are links to help create accessible .pdf documents.
- Making PDFs Accessible (Univ of Arkansas)
- PDF Document Accessibility (Portland Community College)
- Create and verify PDF accessibility (Acrobat Pro)
- Microsoft: Create accessibility PDFs
- WebAIM: PDF Accessibility
For complex PDF remediation: