Maximum Accessibility: Making Your Web Site More Usable for Everyone By John M. Slatin,, Sharron Rush
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Chapter 12. Toward More Accessible PDFs
Providing access to accessible software for reading PDF documents is straightforward. There are two ways to do it; we suggest offering both options on your Web site so your users can choose what's best for them.
Provide a link to the download page for the version of Acrobat Reader 5 that includes Search and Accessibility features; instructions are at http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/alternate.html.
Provide a link to Adobe's online conversion tools for people who do not have or cannot install the Acrobat 5 Reader (for example, people with older equipment that may not support Acrobat 5 or people who aren't using their own computers and can't download software). These tools convert inaccessible PDFs created with older versions of Acrobat to either HTML or plain text, which screen readers are more likely to be able to read. (Readability may be affected by the complexity of the original document's layout.)