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A Standards Based Approach to Instructional Material Accessibility in PDF Files

Proposal No: 2662

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  • Bob Hall, Marketing Manager, NetCentric

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Length of Session (in hours): 1-hrFormat: Lecture Expertise Level: Intermediate Type of session: Not provided

Summary of Session

A presentation using Adobe Acrobat and CommonLook PDF GlobalAccess to create accessible instructional materials, forms, quizzes, and tests in the PDF file format. During the demo, attendees will observe how to evaluate content in accordance with accessibility standards such as WCAG 2.0 and PDF/UA.


This presentation and accompanying demonstration will show how instructional material content can be produced from virtually any popular word processing application, desktop publishing application, or hardcopy scan to be rendered as a PDF file for electronic document distribution. The presentation will discuss how authoring tools that produce “tagged” PDF are preferable to tools that don’t add tags. The demonstration will show the production of a representative section of a prototypical text book and the production of an accessible quiz with fill in the blank, multiple choice, and true false questions based upon the text and graphics of the sample textbook content. The final results will be measured using an accessibility remediation and verification application that measures compliance with WCAG 2.0 and PDF/UA accessibility standards among others. Attendees will also have the opportunity to experience hearing the results as read by the NVDA screen reader.


  1. With PDF, it is possible to create online instructional materials from virtually any source
  2. With the proper tools and techniques, PDF documents and forms can be highly accessible
  3. The accessibility of PDF based instructional materials can be measured according to normative standards

Speaker Bio(s)

Bob Hall