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    PDF – portable, reliable, and … accessible!

    In 2006 two blind programmers started working on a screen reader that provides accessibility to programs and content on computers. Free of charge, NVDA (Non Visual Desktop Access) is now in common use by 43% of screen reader users, according to a recent survey.

    In 2004 AIIM and Adobe Systems started the PDF/UA project to define technical terms for accessible PDF files, readers and assistive technologies (such as screen readers). PDF/UA is now ISO 14289-1:2012, the international standard for accessible PDF. PDF already means portability and reliability in electronic documents. PDF/UA extends PDF reliability to all users, including people with disabilities and to other software intending to reuse PDF content.

    Learn how the PDF Association is helping NVDA lead the way with PDF/UA, and how you can help!

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