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Australian gov: PDF accessible, but not accessibility-supported on mobile

Duff Johnson // January 5, 2015

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A just-published report from the Australian government finds that PDF as a file-format is accessible but that PDF as supported on mobile devices is not.

Noting that mobile devices are a modern reality, including for users with disabilities, the agency states that present-day limitations on mobile devices mean that PDF does not yet qualify as "accessibility supported" per the terms of WCAG 2.0, as is required under Australian law.

To quote the report's summary:

However, the Review also determined that the technical support in the mobile environment was insufficient to claim WCAG 2.0 conformance. Testing of Voiceover (iOS) and Talkback (Android) did not reveal the semantic information from a tagged PDF and bookmark navigation of the document was not available on mobile platforms.

As a result, PDF does not yet have the required accessibility support to fully claim WCAG 2.0 conformance, so it cannot be solely relied upon for the provision of government information except in limited circumstances.
Australian federal government, November 18, 2014

 


ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Duff Johnson
Duff Johnson

Duff is ISO Project co-Leader for ISO 32000 (the PDF specification) and Project Leader for ISO 14289 (PDF/UA). He also serves as Executive Director of the PDF Association.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Duff Johnson

Duff Johnson

Duff is ISO Project co-Leader for ISO 32000 (the PDF specification) and Project Leader for ISO 14289 (PDF/UA). He also …

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