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PDF accessibility testing for the rest of us (redux)

June 20, 2017 at 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM

Location:2202 Canal Building

Canal building is on Library road. Visitors Parking Lot P1 is few meters before the building.

Saying PDF documents don’t get much love in the accessibility world would be quite the understatement. In a way, PDF documents have become the digital equivalent of Nickelback – a lot of people take malicious pleasure in hating the band, but most usually don’t really know why they’re supposed to hate them so much.

But when it comes to PDF documents however, the people’s hatred is largely unfounded. While the Internet has more than its fair share of inaccessible PDF documents, the format itself still holds a lot of potential for accessibility.

Before we can claim digital access with PDF documents however, as content authors, we need to learn how to efficiently work with the format. And it all begins with learning how to assess PDF documents for accessibility.

What if you could learn 10 tips and tricks about PDF accessibility testing in less than 45 minutes? This is exactly what we propose in this session: we will go over the top 10 things everyone should know when it comes to PDF accessibility testing. Through these fundamentals, and with a little help from the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, we will also develop a better understanding of what is required to create or remediate PDF documents so they become accessible. Will you join us?

About the speaker

Denis Boudreau is a Principal Web Accessibility Consultant, Strategist and Trainer working for Deque Systems. He is a member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) in the Education and Outreach Working Group, advocating social inclusion on the Web for the past 16 years. Denis has been running the a11yMTL monthly meetings and annual conference in Montreal, Canada since 2010. An admitted nerd with an unhealthy fixation on UX and digital inclusion, he has a passion for design that emotionally resonates, is beautifully engaging, and delightfully accessible.