PDF Remediation with CommonLook PDF


Presented at 10:30am in Westminster II on Monday, November 18, 2019.



  • Paul Rayius, VP of Training, Allyant

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 5-6-hr
  • Format: Bring-your-own Device Workshop: Laptop, charger, latest version of Adobe Acrobat DC, CommonLook PDF
  • Expertise Level: All Levels
  • Type of session: Pre-conference


In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn the basics of using CommonLook PDF to remediate documents. Bring your own laptop with Adobe Acrobat and CommonLook PDF installed or contact us before the class for a free trial of CommonLook to use during the workshop. Read the Abstract for more information including the concepts that will be covered.


In this workshop, you'll learn to use CommonLook PDF to quickly, accurately, and easily remediate PDFs and verify that they pass against WCAG 2.0AA (or other standards such as PDF/UA or HHS)! Bring a laptop with Adobe Acrobat and CommonLook PDF installed. If you don’t have CommonLook PDF on your laptop, we’ll send you a free trial! After you register for the workshop, additional instructions and resources will be provided. Concepts covered will include the basics of PDF accessibility including principles and standards, creating and converting tags, fixing a document's reading order, tagging lists, working with tables (including complex tables), tagging images as well as handling decorative images and artifacts, tagging links, verifying your documents are compliant to the standards, generating the CommonLook PDF Compliance Report, and more.


  1. How to use CommonLook PDF to create accessible PDFs.
  2. How to use CommonLook PDF to remediate complex tables.
  3. How to use CommonLook to test PDFs for compliance to standards.

Disability Areas


Topic Areas

Accessible Educational Materials, Legal, Procurement, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Paul Rayius

Since 2013, Paul has helped organizations meet their PDF accessibility needs across various industries, including healthcare, government (local, state, and federal), finance, and education.

In addition to his expertise with Allyant’s CommonLook tools for testing, creating, and remediating PDFs, Paul is proficient in accessibility standards, including Section 508 (including the “refresh”), Health and Human Services (HHS), WCAG 2.0, WCAG 2.1, and PDF/UA (both versions 1 and 2).

Paul serves on numerous document accessibility committees, and he participates in and moderates online accessibility groups and forums. In addition, he has presented at a number of conferences over the years, including Accessing Higher Ground, CSUN, AHEAD, and Explor.

Through his affiliation with the IAAP (International Association of Accessibility Professionals), he helped develop the Accessible Document Specialist certification. Paul participates in writing technical standards, including ISO 32000 (PDF), ISO 14289 (PDF/UA), and ISO TS 32005 with the PDF Association. Furthermore, he contributes in many PDF/UA working groups and chairs the PDF/UA Processor Requirements Liaison Working Group.

Before Allyant, Paul graduated with a BMe in Instrumental Music Education from Florida State University and taught middle school band for 11 years. In his spare time, he enjoys various outdoor activities and is an avid lacrosse player, rugby fan, and geocacher.


PDF Remediation Basics with CommonLook CommonLook - PDF Remediation Workflow Checklist The Files below will be used in the workshop: 1. Reading Order - A Good Basic Doc 2. Tables - Lists - Links 3. Table to Fix 4. Nested Lists 5. FormUntagged 6. Find and Replace Symbols