Accessibility - Is the Adobe Checker enough?

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Feb 11, 2021 Feb 11, 2021

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Hello all,

I work part time for a local government authority, and we are working on making all our digital content accessible.

 

I recently attended a (very thorough) course on accessibilty using indesign which was great but the trainer suggested that using the Acrobat accessibility checker wasn't sufficient - ie a PDF could pass all of the checks but still wouldnt necessacarily be accessible enough to meet the WCAG standards.

 

I wondered if anyone had any experience of this, could recommend any further checkers to ensure we meet the AA level of requirement by WCAG!

Thank you

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No!

It's exceptionally limited in what it checks. Here are some of the items it leaves out:

  • Color contrast
  • Incorrect tags (like a list with all <P> tags)
  • Illogical tag reading order
  • Inappropriate or incomplete Alt-text
  • Can't asses complex tables

 

In our PDF Remediation classes, we recommend it as a first-level check of a PDF's accessibility. But you should use these checkers, too:

 

Nothing takes the place of a human that is well-trained in accessibility!

(But that gives you job security, right?) <grin>

 

Suggestion: Maybe post your question to the PDF Accessibility group on Facebook. It's just for PDF accessibility professionals. Lots of great ideas, comraderie, and advice. https://www.facebook.com/groups/PDFAccessibility You'll get a good cross section of people's thoughts about checkers.

 

Bevi Chagnon | Designer & Technologist for Accessible InDesign + PDFs |
Books & Classes | PubCom

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