Web Accessibility: Converting PDFs to WCAG 2.0 Compliant HTML


Presented at 2:15pm in WB II on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.



  • Patrick McGovern, Account Manager, Onix
  • Jesse Lambe, Account Manager, Onix

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format:
  • Expertise Level: Not provided
  • Type of session: General Conference


We will share best practices for web accessibility from other universities, and review strategies for converting and publishing PDF documents to HTML. Learn how colleges have used the Equidox solution across campus to streamline disability services management, as well as enhance instructional design to ensure accessibility of online courses.


PDFs present unique challenges to disability services and instructional designers. What are the pros and cons of maintaining PDFs and how can we make them more accessible to ensure student success? How can establishing new processes for content creators and faculty save time and improve productivity? We will look at best practices in web accessibility from other universities, and discuss new formats like HTML and why providing these formats improves accessibility campus wide. Disability services will hear about colleges that use the Equidox solution to reduce time spent manually converting PDFs by up to 60%. Instructional Designers will hear how universities are converting PDFs to WCAG 2.0 AA compliant HTML that can be imported into a CMS or LMS. Learn how to work with faculty to make scanned documents and image-based documents more accessible, and discover workflow ideas to help automate the conversion of inaccessible content across campus departments.


  1. Learn best practices to improve workflow in converting inaccessible PDFs.
  2. Learn the benefits of accessible HTML for online course development.
  3. Discover how tools like Equidox save 60% of the time spent on manually converting PDFs.

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Vision

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Administrative/Campus Policy, Alternate Format, Web/Media/App Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Patrick McGovern

Patrick is the U.S. Account Manager for Equidox, an Onix solution that converts inaccessible PDFs to WCAG 2.0 compliant HTML. Pat offers web accessibility strategies and best practices to universities and government agencies, and leads sales strategies for Equidox. Pat has over 25 years of strategic sales and marketing experience and is a trusted advisor to Onix clients.

Jesse Lambe

Jesse Lambe is responsible for creating and implementing sales strategies for new products offered by Onix, and is currently an account manager for Equidox.


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