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PDF Accessibility

3 credits


Full course description

Term: Ongoing

Date & Time: Self-Paced

Location: Online Only

Instructor: Pearl Xie

Presented By: Technology Enhanced Learning & Online Strategies (TLOS) & Accessible Technologies (AT)



According to the website(Links to an external site., PDF (Portable Document Format) is defined as,

“PDF developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated, is described by Adobe as a general document representation language. PDF represents formatted, page-oriented documents. These documents may be structured or simple. They may contain text, images, graphics, and other multimedia content, such as video and audio. There is support for annotations, metadata, hypertext links, and bookmarks. Later versions provide additional functionalities, for example, to embed geospatial information within documents that represent maps or other geospatial images, such as satellite photographs.”

The creation of a Portable Document Format (PDF), was and is a step forward in making information broadly available. The problem is that to make it portable, its original static format also made it inaccessible to people with disabilities. Over time, a tremendous amount of time, money, and human resources have gone into making PDFs more accessible. In this course, we aim to promote best practices and proactively design PDF documents to address the related digital accessibility challenges.

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