The Distance Between PAC-3 and Full Accessibility

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Speaker(s)

  • Peter Shikli, CEO, Access2online Inc.

Session Details

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

Summary

A structured methodology by which an experienced PDF editor without much accessibility training can spot the common inaccessibilities left by software tools such as PAC-3 if only those test conditions were considered. An essential step if you are paying for thousands of PDFs you hope are properly remediated.

Abstract

When receiving remediated PDF documents, organizations often accept them if they can pass the PAC-3 accessibility checker and/or private-sector accessibility test software. Although this is a fine quick check and essential to testing PDFs, it is by no means sufficient to full accessibility compliance, as the first disabled user of that PDF will tell you. That is an awkward moment if you have already paid for thousands of "remediated" PDFs.

We present here a checklist of the accessibility issues suitable for manual acceptance testing to insure that a trained accessibility analyst complemented the automation tools to make sure the PDF is delivered truly accessible. This is not a crash course on making up the distance between automated testing and a truly accessible PDF. Provided is a methodology by which an experienced PDF editor without much accessibility training can spot the common inaccessibilities left by software tools such as PAC-3 if only those test conditions were considered.

Keypoints

  1. How to make sure you are paying for truly remediated PDFs
  2. A structured methodology accessibility service provider managers can check for quality
  3. Tuning PDF remediators for that sweet spot between automated testing and full accessibility compliance

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Institutional/Campus Change, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Peter Shikli

A UCLA engineer with an MBA, Peter Shikli has over 30 years in software development, high-tech business formation, and project management. He is a Certified Manufacturing Engineer, a Registered Professional Engineer, accredited college instructor, guest lecturer, a Trusted Tester certified by the federal Office of Accessible Systems & Technology, and has published over 40 articles & books.

Mr. Shikli's experience includes VP of R&D, CIO for an electronic component exchange, various high-tech positions with Garrett Aerospace and Ampex, and Program Manager for SAIC, the world's largest international think tank. Having founded Bizware Online Applications Inc (Access2online's holding corporation), Mr. Shikli chaired various internet consortiums such as the Orange County Chapter of the Southern California ColdFusion Users Group, the Orange County PHP Developers Group, Director of the WebTeam Coalition, and the Internet Consortium of the Orange County Business Council.

Taking a break from his duties as Bizware's CEO, Mr. Shikli is focusing on Access2online, what he considers his legacy project. He has personally trained every inmate working for Access2online and reviews every work product before it reaches our customers.