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Working with Inaccessible PDFs

Proposal No: 2689

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Speaker(s)

  • Gaeir Dietrich, Director, HTCTU

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Length of Session (in hours): 5-6 hrFormat: Lab Expertise Level: BeginnerType of session: Pre-Conference

Summary of Session

PDF has become the de facto format of choice for publishers and faculty, but as an alternate format, PDFs can often be problematic. In this hands-on session, we will explore how to make your PDFs more usable and, when necessary, how to change your PDFs into a more user-friendly format.

Abstract

What does it mean for a PDF to be accessible? How do you handle PDF files from publishers? From faculty? In this hands-on session, we will consider PDF as a format, its strengths and weaknesses. We will gain experience with remediating inaccessible PDFs, share some resources for reading PDF files directly, and learn to transform PDFs into entirely different file formats. By the end of this session, you will find yourself saying, “Oh, good, a PDF! I know what to do with that!”

Keypoints

  1. How to correct reading order in a PDF
  2. Software and apps that work well for reading PDFs
  3. Processing and extracting text from PDFs

Speaker Bio(s)

Gaeir Dietrich

Gaeir Dietrich is the director of the High Tech Center Training Unit (HTCTU) of the California community colleges, located at De Anza College in Cupertino, California, and a nationally recognized exert in the field of alternate media. Gaeir is a member of the advisory boards for the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD), Bookshare, the Alternate Text Production Center (ATPC), the Descriptive Leadership Network, and the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center. She serves as an expert to the board for the Access Text Network (ATN). In 2010-2011, she served as the chair for the national Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education.

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