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Creating Barrier-free PDF Documents. Invisible Handicaps.

Speaker(s) : Frank Hofmann
Language : English Level : Confirmed Nature : Conference
Date : Friday 9 July 2010 Schedule : 10h00 Duration : 40 minutes
Place: Bat. A22 - Amphi Darwin
Transversal topics: AccessibilityIn english

PDF documents are very common today. It is used internationally, it is platform-independent and very robust. Due to PDFs integrity, it is used for all kinds of text documents such as invoices, contracts, books as well as documentation and even slides for presentations.

Many PDF documents cannot or can only partially read by people with sight defects, especially blind people. This presentation shows which barriers regarding PDF exist in everyday life and which changes have to be done to remedy these deficiencies.



About Frank Hofmann

I studied Computer Science at the Chemnitz University of Technology and now work in Berlin as an independent developer in an Open Source Office Community called Buero 2.0. My company focuses on pre-press preparation using PDF and Postscript (see

I have been a member of the core team for the organization of several German Linux events such as the Linux-Tage in Chemnitz and the Brandenburg Linux Infotag. I am an enthusiast of LaTeX and Python, have been mastering Live CDs (Knoppix). Within the last year, I published a longer article series about PDF and PostScript tools in Linux-User, a german well-known magazine dealing with Open Source for regular users. An article dealing with creating barrier-free PDF files using LaTeX will be published soon.

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Conference slideshow
Conference slideshow (PDF - 844.2 kb)