What follows is a list of some of the more informative resources available for those who create Section 508 compliant PDFs.
The official U.S. Government website relating to Section 508 compliance http://www.section508.gov/.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has one of the more comprehensive Web sites relating to Section 508 compliance, including checklists for compliant PDFs and other files, extensive instructions for creating source documents and correctly tagging PDFs, and correct property settings for PDFs to be submitted to DHHS for inclusion on their Web sites http://www.dhhs.gov/web/508/.
Accessibility Forum 2.0 is a blog related to Section 508 compliance http://buyaccessible.net/blog/.
General Web Sites
As you might imagine, Adobe has a number of resources related to creation of Section 508 compliant documents related to their products:
- Adobe Accessibility Blog http://blogs.adobe.com/accessibility/
- Adobe accessibility training resources http://www.adobe.com/accessibility/products/acrobat/training.html
- Even though this document was created as instruction for creating accessible PDF documents with Adobe Acrobat 7.0, it remains one of Adobe’s most comprehensive documents relating to the creation of 508 compliant PDFs http://www.adobe.com/enterprise/accessibility/pdfs/acro7_pg_ue.pdf
- InDesign Accessibility home page http://www.adobe.com/accessibility/products/indesign/.
- Adobe hasTwo training videos for using the new features in InDesign 5.5 to create tagged PDF files http://tv.adobe.com/watch/accessibility-adobe/part-1-new-accessibility-features-in-indesign-cs55/ and http://tv.adobe.com/watch/accessibility-adobe/part-2-exporting-and-finalizing-your-pdf/. Also, there is an older, more general video that is a good introduction to using InDesign to create accessible PDFs http://tv.adobe.com/watch/accessibility-adobe/preparing-indesign-files-for-accessibility/.
Apple has information relating to accessibility features built into their products http://www.apple.com/accessibility/ and in particular VoiceOver, Apple’s assistive technology for people with vision disabilities http://www.apple.com/accessibility/voiceover/.
World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has a useful list of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 PDF techniques http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/WCAG20-TECHS/pdf.html.
WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind) is one of the more comprehensive Web sites dealing with all phases of Section 508 matters http://webaim.org/. Sign up for their E-mail discussion list http://webaim.org/discussion/ and newsletter http://webaim.org/newsletter/.
Adobe has a screen reader’s user guide for using assistive technology with Adobe Reader. The guide specifically addresses Adobe Reader accessibility features and JAWS and Window-Eyes support for Adobe Reader. http://www.adobe.com/accessibility/pdfs/accessing-pdf-sr.pdf.
WebAIM has an article on using JAWS to evaluate Web accessibility. If you don’t have much experience using JAWS, this article is a good overview of getting started reading Web pages and PDFs. http://webaim.org/articles/jaws/