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October 2, 2012

Australian National Library


Introducing PDF/UA

The event: “Introducing PDF/UA, the new ISO Standard for Accessible PDF Electronic Document Technology.”  is the first stop on a world tour by NetCentric President and US Committee Chair for PDF/UA Duff Johnson to promote awareness of PDF/UA and to highlight the potential of the new standard for ensuring equal access to electronic content to all users.

The Introducing PDF/UA tour is beginning in Canberra in recognition of Australia’s global leadership on access to electronic content. In addition to presentations on PDF and PDF/UA by Duff Johnson, the 2 October event will feature NV Access, the Brisbane-based non-profit and developers of the NVDA screen reader. NV Access is the first assistive technology developer worldwide to commit to supporting PDF/UA.

Hosted by NetCentric Technologies with sponsorship from the PDF Association and Adobe Systems, the event promises a full afternoon of information. Topics to be covered over the four hours will include:

  • Why we need PDF, What is PDF, and what is PDF/UA
  • The Screen Reader’s Perspective on PDF/UA
  • An Update from the Field
  • PDF/UA and WCAG 2.0
  • CommonLook Solutions for Accessible PDF
  • A Panel Discussion

Held in the Level 4 Conference Room at Canberra’s Australian National Library, Introducing PDF/UA begins promptly at 1300. There is no charge for attendance, but with space for just 100 a capacity audience is expected. Those interested in attending must sign up in advance. Members of the press are welcome to attend.


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