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A Flexible Software Architecture Concept for the Creation of Accessible PDF Documents

  • Alireza Darvishy
  • Hans-Peter Hutter
  • Alexander Horvath
  • Martin Dorigo
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6179)

Abstract

This paper presents a flexible software architecture concept that allows the automatic generation of fully accessible PDF documents originating from various authoring tools such as Adobe InDesign [1] or Microsoft Word [2]. The architecture can be extended to include any authoring tools capable of creating PDF documents. For each authoring tool, a software accessibility plug-in must be implemented which analyzes the logical structure of the document and creates an XML representation of it. This XML file is used in combination with an untagged non-accessible PDF to create an accessible PDF version of the document. The implemented accessibility plug-in prototype allows authors of documents to check for accessibility issues while creating their documents and add the additional semantic information needed to generate a fully accessible PDF document.

Keywords

Document accessibility automatic generation of accessible PDF screen reader [3] visual impairment accessibility tagged PDF software architecture 

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References

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    Microsoft Office Word, http://office.microsoft.com/word/
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    Freedom Scientific JAWS for Windows Screen Reading Software, http://www.freedomscientific.com/products/fs/jaws-product-page.asp
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    NetCentric PDF Accessibility Wizard for MS Office, http://www.net-centric.com/products/PAW.aspx
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    Open Office Writer, http://www.openoffice.org
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    Adobe Acrobat Professional, http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Alireza Darvishy
    • 1
  • Hans-Peter Hutter
    • 1
  • Alexander Horvath
    • 1
  • Martin Dorigo
    • 1
  1. 1.InIT Institute of applied Information TechnologyZHAW Zurich University of Applied SciencesWinterthurSwitzerland

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