PDF, or Portable Document Format, is a file format for fixed-layout documents that include text in set fonts, and graphics. The primary purpose is to provide a format for printable documents which can be accessed independent of hardware, application software or operating system.
It is recommended that you use PDF only for documents that are intended to be printed. HTML is the preferred format for presentation of all other informational content on your website. If you must use PDF for some content, the document must be made accessible or the content must be provided in another, accessible format.
- IITAA resources on PDF accessibility
- WebAIM’s PDF Accessibility Article
- Adobe PDF- iCITA: Web Accessibility Best Practices
- Western Illinois University’s Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional Accessibility Workshop (.doc file)
- Creating Accessible PDF from MS Word 2003
- Ohio State University’s Accessibility and PDF Documents Page
- Adobe’s Creating Accessible PDF Documents with Adobe Acrobat 7.0
- Adobe PDF Forms Access and Accessibility
- Creating accessible forms in PDF, XML, or HTML with Adobe Designer 6 (Accessible PDF, 422k)