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Creation of Accessible Documents

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This is the first in a series of Market Updates
on the creation of accessible documents.
It concentrates on the creation of
accessible PDF files from word
processing and desktop publishing
systems.

Document creation is one of
the major parts of personal
productivity.

An accessible electronic
document is one that can
be read easily by a person
with a disability. The possible
disabilities include various
degrees of vision impairment,
muscular-skeletal disorders
(that limit the ability to use
traditional controls such as a
mouse), dyslexia, and learning
difficulties.

Documents in a language other than the
native language of the speaker can be difficult
to access, and with the internationalisation
of the web this is becoming a more common
problem. Some of the issues and solution to
this problem are shared with access for the
disabled so it will be considered in this report.

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