Automation in PDF Accessibility: What Can and Can’t Be Done

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 2:15pm in Westminster IV on Thursday, November 15.

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Speaker(s)

  • Paul Rayius, CommonLook Accessibility Training Manager, CommonLook

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference

Summary

Building on last year’s session “Understanding the Standards and Mitigating Risk,” in which a “Multi-Phase Accessibility Plan” was proposed for achieving document accessibility, this year we’ll look at where automation can fit into this plan to help with accessible document creation, remediation, testing, and more.

Abstract

As attention to electronic content accessibility grows, and as more lawsuits are filed, organizations are looking for better, and easier solutions to reach their accessibility goals. Many companies have begun pushing various automated solutions, especially when it comes to solving the problem of PDF accessibility. Anyone who has experience with PDF accessibility knows that it’s pretty involved and can get complicated quickly. Sure, an automated solution that fixes everything would be great – but is that really possible? In this session we’ll look at PDF accessibility automation and examine claims that are being made, read the “fine print,” and address how much can be done automatically vs. what requires human intervention. We’ll explore automation in various phases of PDF accessibility, from authoring and creating, to remediating “legacy” PDFs, including scanned documents, and testing and monitoring PDF holdings--whether it’s with a single document or an entire library.

Keypoints

  1. Automation in PDF accessibility may have its place.
  2. Some things can be done automatically and some require human interaction.
  3. How do you know if the automated work was done correctly?

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Administrative/Campus Policy, Assistive Technology, Information Resources, Information Technology, Legal, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Paul Rayius

As CommonLook’ s Accessibility Training Manager, since 2013 Paul Rayius has worked with a variety of health care organizations, local, state, and federal government agencies, financial institutions, colleges and universities, and more, to assist them in meeting their accessibility needs. In addition to his expertise with the CommonLook suite of tools for testing, creating, and remediating PDFs, Mr. Rayius is also well versed in accessibility standards including Section 508 (including the recent “refresh”), Health and Human Services (HHS), WCAG 2.0 and PDF U/A. Along with membership in the IAAP (International Association of Accessibility Professionals), and the PDF Association’s PDF/UA Competence Center, Paul also participates in, and moderates, a number of online accessibility groups and forums. Prior to joining the CommonLook team, Mr. Rayius graduated with a BMe in Instrumental Music Education from Florida State University and taught middle school band for 11 years.

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