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PDFs – just say no!

PDFs have become ubiquitous in the digital world, making it easy to share documents in a fixed format.

Accessibility essentials for content creation

From the start of any digital project, accessibility should be the main focus of your content. If what you have created has accessibility issues you will have to revisit it. This can sometimes create a mountain of…

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PDF accessibility

The University website has over 5,000 PDF files, most of which do not comply with accessibility legislation. If documents do not meet accessibility standards they could be breaking the Equality Act 2010. How can we…

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Gateway pages for PDFs

The Nielsen Norman Group (NNG) recently published a compelling article on why PDFs should be avoided at all costs on the web: Avoid PDF for On-Screen Reading.

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How to make PDFs accessible

PDF files published on the University of St Andrews website must meet accessibility standards. This is so the website, and all the content within it can be used by as many people as possible. Considering that there are…

Reduce the file size of PDF documents

A few months ago, while quality checking our new prototype website I discovered a page that was linking to three PDF files. The problem was: they were enormous. The largest document was over 63 MB; that’s about…

Accessibility for documents

Creating accessible PDFs We are trying to move towards a standardised way of presenting PDFs. While most (if not all) web content and forms would ideally be published as HTML, sometimes we have to use Microsoft Word or…