The biggest benefit to the PDF is ensuring that a document looks the same online as it does in print. Mac or PC, desktop or tablet, old or new system, a PDF will always look the way you meant it to look.
An accessible PDF can be held to the same standard – no matter what assistive technology is used (JAWS, NVDA, etc.), the same information is provided to the reader.
A tag structure within the document represents its visual and structural components (e.g., images and headings).
While PDFs are the most frequently used doc (for the reasons mentioned above), we also remediate program-specific documents like those for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.
Let’s use a PDF as an example.
Accessibility requirements include a variety of different compliance requirements when applied to PDF. Clients should be aware that no legally binding set of PDF accessibility requirements are currently defined by the U.S. Access Board, thus some latitude can be applied in the manner in which the client chooses to develop PDF documents to conform to the Section 508 requirements. The exact set of best practices that are relevant to the client will be developed as an outcome of the the initial assessment activities, defining a concise set of accessibility requirements for the remediating activity.