Accessible Electronic Documents: Section 508 Basic Testing Guide for Making an Accessible PDF

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

This webinar will review the "DRAFT Section 508 Basic Testing Guide PDF (Portable Document Format)." We will focus on the work of a single community of practice, the Accessible Electronic Document Community of Practice (AED COP). Earlier this year, the AED COP submitted a draft of the "Harmonized Processes for Section 508 Testing: Baseline Tests for Accessible Electronic Documents-PDF Portable Document Format" as a best practice to the Best Practices subcommittee of the Accessibility Community of Practice of the CIOC. When it is finalized, this best practice will establish the minimum steps required to determine whether an electronic document published in PDF passes or fails Section 508 requirements. The tests have been agreed upon as part of an effort to provide a unified approach for Section 508 testing across government, to increase consistency and to build confidence in test results shared between agencies. The draft is being reviewed and a final version will be released soon. The draft version in this session of the Section 508 Best Practices Webinar series will introduce audiences to this new testing guide. The AED COP is creating additional resources for use by experienced 508 testers as well as document authors with little to no 508 experience. All resources are based on the agreed upon tests. This live demonstration will:
  • Highlight the minimum steps required to determine whether a PDF passes or fails Section 508 requirements.
  • Show participants how to Test PDF Documents with Adobe Acrobat Professional.
  • Provide examples of inaccessible and accessible content in PDFs.
This session of the Section 508 Best Practices Webinar series follows on from the earlier webinar in this series on Accessible Communities of Practice (COP). Earlier this year, the AED COP presented "Accessible Electronic Documents: Authoring Guide for Making an Accessible Document in MS Word 2010." See CIOC Archives (February 2, 2015).
 
Speakers
Holly Anderson Policy Liaison for Individuals with Disabilities Office of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
Crystal Jones Management and Program Analyst Office of the Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of Education
 
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