PDF accessibility

Learn how to test and remediate PDFs to ensure they are accessible

Date and time

Wednesday 14 April 2021 - 13:00 to 15:00 BST

Location

Online - this course is delivered via the Zoom platform

Accessibility

  • The course will be delivered with live captions
  • We can share slides in advance if required
  • A captioned recording with transcript will be shared with attendees after the live event

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Please note: after purchasing a ticket you are able to reassign the ticket, if somebody different to the ticket purchaser will be attending the training.

Length of course: 2 hours (including 5 min break)

What will be covered

Back by popular demand, this course explains how to test and remediate PDFs to ensure they are accessible. It shows how to test PDFs for accessibility as well as demonstrating remediation techniques you can use if you have a PDF with accessibility issues, including PDFs where you lack the original source document or PDFs that originate from scans. It also covers how to make a PDF form accessible. 

This course will look at

  • Introduction to PDF accessibility

  • Testing PDFs for accessibility

  • Working with tags in PDFs

  • Accessibility of scanned documents

  • Accessibility in PDF forms

Learning objectives

At the end of this course you will know how to:

  • Understand the characteristics of an accessible PDF and issues with making them accessible

  • Know how to check a PDF for accessibility, including using the automated tools available

  • Understand how to manually edit the tags in a PDF

  • Know how to work with PDFs that originate from scans

  • Understand how to make PDF forms accessible


Level of training

  • Intermediate. You will need some awareness of accessibility standards and this course will focus on how these can be applied. It would be beneficial if attendees have attended How to create accessible documents and presentations prior to this course. The course assumes some knowledge of making Word/Office documents accessible before conversion to PDF and does not cover this in the detail provided in the prior course.

Who is this training for

This course is aimed at:

  • Content authors

  • Designers

  • Testers

  • Trainers / Teachers / Academics

  • Anyone who needs to create fully accessible PDFs as part of their role

Important information 

Class size

  • We limit the number of people on our training courses to ensure all attendees can engage with the presenter, ask questions and have an informative experience

What to bring

  • You will need a good internet connection, access to a laptop or desktop computer and to be able to open/use the Zoom platform without restrictions on your device

Why train with us?

  • 97% of attendees rated our webinars and training ‘Excellent' or ’Good’ in 2019
     
  • Attendees will receive a link to the recording of the training to watch back at your leisure after the event. (And you’ll always have access to the latest advice as we will update the content on the link when the training is repeated in the future.)

What our previous attendees say

"Very insightful and informative."  
"A well delivered and well-paced webinar. Liked the polls and colourful examples." 
“I’ve found the sessions useful in bringing the range of accessibility issues to our attention, from website navigation to ensuring that images are meaningful to the visually impaired… I’d say that the training is essential for those responsible for the content of public websites.”

Meet our trainer

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James Baverstock is an Accessibility & Usability Consultant at AbilityNet. His role includes carrying out design reviews, accessibility audits, user testing and providing in-depth consultancy to organisations on web accessibility and usability.
 
His background includes experience of website management, automated testing systems and consultancy on digital policies and standards. He is accredited with the Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA) qualification awarded by IAAP and holds an MSc in Information Systems from City University.

About our training team

Our trainers have decades of experience between them. They deliver accessibility consultancy ranging from technical audits and user tests, through to ongoing involvement in the accessibility of enterprise-level agile projects. They regularly champion accessibility at conferences, lead webinars, and run workshops.