The PDF Techniques Accessibility Summit’s objective is to establish a broad-based understanding of how PDF files should be tagged for accessibilty. It’s an opportunity to focus on establishing a common set of examples of accessible PDF content, and identify best-practice when tagging difficult cases.Modernizing PDF Techniques for Accessibility
The PDF Techniques Accessibility Summit will identify best-practices in tagging various cases in PDF documents. Questions to be addressed will likely include: the legal ways to tag a nested list, the correct way to caption multiple images, the appropriate way to organize content within headings.Refried PDF
My hospital emailed me a medical records release form as a PDF. They told me to print it, fill it, sign it, scan it and return it to the medical records department, in that order. In 2018? To get the form via email (i.e., electronically), yet be asked to print it? Did the last 20 years just… not mean anything! So I thought I’d be clever. I’d fill it first, THEN print it. Or better yet, never print it, but sign it anyhow, and return it along with a note making the case for improving their workflow. The story continues…Slides and video recordings of PDF Days Europe 2018
You missed the PDF Days Europe 2018? Never mind! Here you can find the slides and video recordings of all 32 stunning sessions!Using PDF/UA in accessibility checklists
PDF/UA, like PDF itself, is internally complex, but used correctly, actually makes things easier.
While its tendrils reach into BPM (Business Process Management) and IM (Information Management), the ECM (Enterprise Content Management) industry is rooted in a specific mission: overhauling paper-based business processes with information technology solutions.
The fundamental rationale for investing in ECM is the idea (and proven reality) that costs may be reduced and processes may be streamlined. Beyond running existing processes better, faster and cheaper, the ECM community promises entirely new ways of understanding and managing activity based on the metrics and other data that emerge from digitized content.
This perspective underlies AIIMs latest publication: Paper Wars 2014: an update from the battlefield. AIIM is the industry association at the heart of ECM. Since the 1940s the organization has supplied studies, standards, training and research to help vendors and customers understand how to effectively manage their documents and related content.
AIIMs latest update on the paper wars is well worth reading, but for advocates of paper-free business its fairly depressing. A few key statistics beg for notice:
AIIM tends to focus on processes rather than technology. This makes sense for the records and information managers who make up the bulk of the organization’s membership. For ECM vendors, however, theres a different way to read AIIMs latest report as a judgment on their collective failure to leverage a powerful, universally accepted technology in the fight the paper wars.
When it comes to the specific question of replacing paper in business workflows the technology implications of AIIMs report may be read in the following way:
It takes the smart application of technology to win battles in the paper wars. Here, AIIMs Standards Program has played a quiet but critical role. Unsung, and almost unknown to most members, the Standards Program fostered the PDF/A (archive), PDF/UA (accessibility) and PDF/E (engineering) specifications and managed the transition of PDF itself from an Adobe Systems proprietary technology to an open ISO standard.
For ECM vendors, AIIMs paper wars report should prompt a few considerations:
ECM vendors (and their customers) can learn how effective use of PDF is the big gun in the paper wars at PDF Day in Washington DC and New York City.