Chris Ashton

dai11y 13/01/2021

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Death of the PDF? Not quite, but it’s great news for accessibility

  • Danny Bluestone writes about the significance of the change in content design guidance on GOV.UK, which came into effect on 7th December. The updated guidance states “If you publish a PDF or other non-HTML document without an accessible version, you may be breaking the law”. Government departments are expected to phase out their usage of PDF as a way of publishing content.
  • The article highlights some great reasons why PDFs don’t work well online: they’re not responsive (so don’t scale on mobile), it’s difficult for visually impaired users to change their colour scheme and text size, and they easily become out of date as they’re harder to maintain.

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