Accesibility and pdf format

October 16, 2008

Lluís Codina, professor of Pompeu Fabra University, is a colleague and friend of mine. He has a lot of articles on documentation, evaluation of web sites, e-books and some other subjects. One of them is cyberjournalism.

One of his latest articles is about the real accesibility of pdf format in online newspapers. Along with Ramón Voces, he has published an article on a Spanish ISI Journal, El profesional de la información. As a conclusion: most of the Spanish online newspapers have a pdf version, but almost half of them (47 per cent) use an old version. The rest of the, 52,2%, use a modern version of the software but do not mark the document. None of the newspaper analysed can be considered accesible.

Web accesibility, explain the authors, “is not limited nor to web pages or xhtml format”, and “potential accessibility is not real accessibility”.

Dr. Lluís Codina is responsible for Hypertext.net e-journal, co-editor of a weblog on digital documentation, and coordinator of DigiDoc Research Group.