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Next Generation Remediation Tool

Date & Time
Thursday, March 17, 2022 - 11:20 AM PST  
Platinum 6 (LIVESTREAM)  
With the growing demand and requirements for document accessibility, there are many tools out there for PDF remediation. However, some tools are dependent on third-party products, require lots of training, expert knowledge in the tools themselves, and expert knowledge in document accessibility. Some tools are stand-alone, require little training, are intuitive, and do not require expert knowledge in document accessibility. Although both types of tools can generate accessible and usable PDFs, there is a huge difference between the two, the latter being the next-generation remediation tool. In this session, attendees will learn that PDF remediation does not have to be complex or time-consuming and that pretty much anyone willing to learn a little about document accessibility can easily remediate a PDF without becoming a document accessibility expert. They will see that when tools are designed with accessibility in mind from the beginning, they are much more efficient and are more likely to produce not just a WCAG or PDF/UA compliant PDF but a usable one. Attendees will be able to see the difference between using the two types of tools for remediation, what the next generation of remediation tools have to offer, and they will learn that PDF remediation is not a difficult, complex, or time-consuming process. Many people and organizations see document remediation as intimidating and costly, and for this reason, they often fear the process. This will be the perfect session to show them that it can be a simple, effective, and painless process that could easily lead to inclusivity. Some key functionality will be demonstrated, for example, the effectiveness of a good PDF remediation tool which makes it easy to tag complex tables, lists, nested lists, easily change and manage read order, and many other common tagging tasks that are essential, but that otherwise could be considered time-consuming and difficult. The main goal is for people to see that making information accessible does not have to be difficult or costly and that everyone should be doing it to be fully compliant. Hopefully by seeing the tools that are out there for them will motivate those who are not presently compliant to get well on their way, and for those who already do remediate, learn that there are tools that will make it easier for them.  
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Government
  • Finance & Banking
  • Legal
  • Insurance
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Session Summary (Abstract)
In this session, we will discuss, and demonstrate, how using the right PDF remediation tool, one that is GUI driven and intuitive, can make a world of difference in the overall process. We will also show a comparison between a complex and a next-generation PDF remediation tool.  
Session Type
General Track  
  • Blind/Low Vision
  • Digital Accessibility
  • Evaluation & Remediation
  • Law, Compliance, and Policy
  • Web


  • Aimée Ubbink
    Crawford Technologies
  • Karol Krzywon
    Crawford Technologies
  • Mackenzie Banks
    Crawford Technologies

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