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NewFormat makes PDF information permanently
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for the future and for as many people as possible.


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Inaccessible PDF is a Barrier for Accessible eGovernment


    The EU Web Accessibility Directive ensures that all users,
    regardless of functional ability,
    have equal access to information and functionality on the web.

    Barriers that prevent interaction with, or access to a website
    by people with disabilities can be considered discrimination.

    Avoid litigation risks by ensuring that also all PDF documents
    on your web are accessible for everyone; with or without disabilities.

    Successful e-government presupposes that all digital government information
    is accessible for all citizens - the success is dependent on "Accessible PDF".

    PDF documents complying with
    the ISO Standard 14289 (PDF/UA) or "Accessible PDF"
    are universally accessible for everyone.


    PDF is the format of choice for every kind of document used in all
    industries, government and by all citizens.
    PDF is trusted by everyone to reliably communicate accurate information.

    All information that is worth saving and shared with others
    is saved in the form of a PDF document.
    Every year billions of PDF documents are created around the world.
    Only within the Swedish public sector millions of PDF documents are created every year.

    Since 2009, it is mandatory (according to the National Archives' regulations)
    for Swedish government authorities to use the standard PDF/A-1 for long-term
    electronic archiving of digital office documents and other digital documents.


    To ensure unrestricted access to PDF-based information in every respect,
    PDF files must meet certain requirements.
    These are defined since 2012 in PDF/UA ("Universal Accessibility"),
    the ISO Standard for "Accessible PDF Documents".

    PDF/UA is a complementary, process-based standard applicable to
    Swedish government authorities and bodies to make public documents
    universally accessible to everyone.
    A PDF document can simultaneously meet several standards,
    for example both PDF/A and PDF/UA.

    PDF/UA ensures that even citizens with greatly diminished vision,
    insufficient command of written language or motor limitations
    can capture and interactively use documents without outside help.
    In addition, content from PDF/UA documents on mobile devices is
    much easier for users to read than from a conventional PDF document;
    added value for everyone.

    What the flattened curbside or stepless access for wheelchair users is,
    is the barrier-free PDF in accordance with the PDF/UA standard for
    reading and editing documents and forms.
    Without limiting the diversity of PDF technology, PDF/UA determines how
    unrestricted accessibility of content in PDF files is ensured.

    To this end, the PDF/UA standard defines requirements to exclude barriers when
    accessing page content, form fields, notes, metadata and other elements of PDF files.
    This allows users who use special tools, such as screen readers, special mouse or
    voice output and input, to interact with content in PDF documents.
    PDF/UA, in turn, offers the author clearly defined criteria that must be
    observed when creating accessible documents.




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    Swedish Government operating documents, PDF documents,
    are not accessible to everyone!

    Access to digital public information is a fundamental right for everyone;
    also PDF documents constitute digital public service.


    Sweden as a nation is bound to:

    • the UN Declaration on Human Rights,

    • the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities,

    • the Swedish Anti-Discrimination Law, and

    • the Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service
      (SFS 2018:1937 & SFS 2018:1938)

    The law on accessibility to digital public service is technology-neutral.
    No matter which technology the government entity chooses for its service
    (web/HTML, PDF, ...) it must be provided in a form ensuring it is accessible
    to everyone in the society.


    Based on Sweden's commitments as described above,
    it is reasonable to assume that Swedish government entities are
    fully aware of what these commitments entail for the day-to-day
    business practice and citizens' expectations on the government to
    provide digital information in a form that is accessible for everyone.

    A snapshot of where Swedish government entities are when it
    comes to providing their PDF documents as accessible PDF
    show something completely different.
    Although Sweden is bound to international commitments and local
    mandatory laws, Swedish authorities and government do not respect these rules.

    One can rightly ask why they all so heavily disobey the rules?


    NewFormat has examined hundreds of PDF documents with regard to
    how well they meet the ISO standard PDF/UA for accessible PDF
    (documents published on public websites by the Government Offices,
    authorities, agencies, parliamentary parties, organizations, and private industry).

    Documents/reports from authorities and organizations with public funding who
    often have a special mission to work for an accessible society for everyone.

    In no case have we managed to find documents that meet the standard
    which means that Swedish authorities and other actors probably, and in a
    systematic way, violates the Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service!

    The government sector is often presented as being open, accessible and transparent.
    Most noteworthy is then that not even the most central ones of the steering documents
    for Swedish authorities or government reports are made to be accessible for
    everyone in our society.

    As evidenced below, not even The Prime Minister's Office,
    The Government Offices, or The Swedish Government,
    our country's most central public entities, are capable to publish PDF documents
    in a form accessible to everyone according to the requirements of
    the Swedish Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service.

    Accessibility for everyone to digital public service thus becomes a credibility issue:
    If not even the The Prime Minister's Office, The Government Offices,
    and The Swedish Government take the lead,
    why should then other government entities bother?


    Citizens who cannot access digital public information can experience themselves
    being discriminated and therefore take legal action against the Swedish state;
    this of course also applies to individual employees who, due to functional variation,
    can not take part of work material that is necessary for the work's execution.

    Now it is time to avoid this risk of legal sanctions
    by living up to the existing Swedish legislation.

    The accessible PDF Standard and technology is available for use since 2012.
    The only thing left now is that all government entities go from words to action
    by setting a firm policy and SHALL-requirement:

"All documents based on PDF technology, and financed by public funds,
SHALL be produced in accordance with the ISO Standard PDF/UA".






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Examples of operating documents not accessible to everyone

Probably violating the Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service!




Sweden - SFS2018:1937 Law on Access to Digital Public Service (.pdf)

SFS 2018-1937 The Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service - Front cover - Picture PAC3 Check - Error - Does not comply with PDF/UA - Not an accessible PDF - SFS 2018-1937 The Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service - Picture

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The PDF document above,
which is the official publication of the Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service,
lacks correct tagging / does not comply with PDF/UA, thus not accessible for everyone.
Probably violating the Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service!




Sweden - The Government Offices - Statement of Government Policy 2019 (.pdf)

Regeringsförklaringen 2019 - Front Cover - Picture PAC3 Check - Does not comply with PDF/UA - Not accessible PDF - Regeringsförklaringen 2019 - Picture

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The PDF document above,
which is the official publication of the Statement of Government Policy 2019,
is not correctly tagged / does not meet PDF/UA, and thus not accessible for everyone.
Probably violating Swedish the Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service!




Sweden - The Government Offices - The Swedish Government 2019 - Factsheet (.pdf)

The Swedish Government 2019 - Front Cover - Picture PAC3 Check - Does not comply with PDF/UA - Not accessible PDF  - The Swedish Government 2019 - Picture

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The PDF document above,
which is The Government Offices publication of the Swedish Government 2019,
is not correctly tagged / does not meet PDF/UA, and thus not accessible for everyone.
Probably violating Swedish the Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service!




Sweden - Regleringsbrev/Regulatory Letter 2019
The Swedish Agency for Participation (MFD) (.pdf)

The Swedish government decides on the conditions for individual
authorities' activities in annual regulatory letters, Regleringsbrev, containing
directives on the authority's objectives and financial framework.
These regulatory letters are published as PDF documents
(at the website of the the Swedish National Financial Management Authority, ESV).

callas pdfGoHTML check - Does not comply with PDF/UA - Not accessible PDF - Regulatory Letter 2019 - The Swedish Agency for Participation - Front Cover - Picture

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Example of a PDF document that completely lacks proper structure tagging.

All Regleringsbrev,
maybe the most important steering documents for Swedish authorities,
lack the necessary structural tagging and does not comply with PDF/UA.
Thus not accessible for everyone.
Probably violating the Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service!




Sweden - The Swedish National Audit Office - Annual Report 2018 (.pdf)

The Swedish National Audit Office - Annual Report 2018 - Front Cover - Picture PAC3 Check - Does not comply with PDF/UA - Not accessible PDF - The Swedish National Audit Office - Annual Report 2018 - Picture

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The PDF document above,
which is the Swedish National Audit Office Annual Report 2018,
is not correctly tagged / does not meet PDF/UA, and thus not accessible for everyone.
Probably violating Swedish the Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service!




Sweden - The Swedish Agency for Digital Government (DIGG) - Annual Report 2018 (.pdf)

The Agency for Digital Government - Annual Report 2018 - Front - Picture PAC3 Check - Does not comply with PDF/UA - Not accessible PDF - The Agency for Digital Government - Annual Report 2018 - Picture

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The PDF document above,
which is the Swedish Agency for Digital Government Annual Report 2018,
is not correctly tagged / does not meet PDF/UA, and thus not accessible for everyone.
Probably violating Swedish the Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service!




Sweden - The Swedish Agency for Accessible Media (MTM) - Annual Report 2018 (.pdf)

Swedish Agency for Accessible Media - Annual Report 2018 - Front - Picture PAC3 Check - Does not comply with PDF/UA - Not accessible PDF - Swedish Agency for Accessible Media - Annual Report 2018 - Picture

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The PDF document above,
which is the Swedish Agency for Accessible Media Annual Report 2018,
is not correctly tagged / does not meet PDF/UA, and thus not accessible for everyone.
Probably violating Swedish the Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service!




Sweden - The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions (SKL) -
Opinion Implementation of the Web Accessibility Directive, 2018 (.pdf)

Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions - Opinion Implementation of the Web Accessibility Directive - Front - Picture PAC3 Check - Does not comply with PDF/UA - Not accessible PDF - Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions - Opinion Implementation of the Web Accessibility Directive -  Picture

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The PDF document above,
which is the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions
Opinion Implementation of the Web Accessibility Directive,
is not correctly tagged / does not meet PDF/UA, and thus not accessible for everyone.
Probably violating Swedish the Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service!




Sweden - The Swedish Election Authority
The European Parliament Elections 2019 - To Vote (.pdf)

Election Authority - The European Parliament Elections 2019 - Front - Picture PAC3 Check - Does not comply with PDF/UA - Not accessible PDF - Election Authority - The European Parliament Elections 2019 - Picture

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The PDF document above,
which is the Swedish Election Authority,
The European Parliament Elections 2019 - To Vote Guide,
is not correctly tagged / does not meet PDF/UA, and thus not accessible for everyone.
Probably violating Swedish the Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service!




Sweden - The Swedish Tax Agency - Time to Declare, 2019 (.pdf)

The Swedish Tax Agency - SKV325 Edition 40 - Time to Declare 2019 - Front - Picture PAC3 Check - Does not comply with PDF/UA - Not accessible PDF - The Swedish Tax Agency - SKV325 Edition 40 - Time to Declare 2019 - Picture

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The PDF document above,
which is The Swedish Tax Agency deklarationsguide 2019 - Time to Declare,
is not correctly tagged / does not meet PDF/UA, and thus not accessible for everyone.
Probably violating the Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service!




Sweden - MSB - If crisis or war comes, 2018 (.pdf)

The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) published (2018-05-17)
a number of brochures "If the crisis or war comes" in a variety of languages.
The brochures were also stated to be "easy to read"
for people with functional variation.

callas pdfGoHTML Check - MSB Broschyr: Om krisen eller kriget kommer - Easy to read i Swedish / Lättläst på svenska - Lacks tagging completely - Does not comply with PDF/UA - Not accessible PDF - Picture

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Example of a PDF document that completely lacks proper structure tagging.
Thus not accessible for everyone.
Probably violating the Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service!




Sweden - The Swedish Center for Digital Innovation (SCDI)
- Digital Maturity in the Swedish Public Sector, 2019 (.pdf)

Research/status report on the digital maturity in
the Swedish public sector by the Swedish Center for Digital Innovation

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Example of a PDF document that completely lacks proper structure tagging.
Thus not accessible for everyone.
Probably violating the Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service!




Sweden - The Swedish Agency for Digital Government (DIGG) -
Policy for software development, 2019 (.pdf)

The Agency for Digital Government - Policy for software development - Front - Picture PAC3 Check - Does not comply with PDF/UA - Not accessible PDF - The Agency for Digital Government - Policy for software development - Picture

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The PDF document above,
which is The Agency for Digital Government's Policy for software development,
is not correctly tagged / does not meet PDF/UA, and thus not accessible for everyone.
Probably violating the Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service!




Sweden - The Swedish Equality Ombudsman (DO) -
Factsheet: Inadequate accessibility is discrimination, 2018 (.pdf)

The Swedish Equality Ombudsman
Diskrimineringsombudsmannen (DO) - Factsheet: Inadequate accessibility is discrimination - Front - Picture PAC3 Check - Does not comply with PDF/UA - Not accessible PDF - The Swedish Equality Ombudsman (DO) - Factsheet: Inadequate accessibility is discrimination - Picture

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The PDF document above,
which is The Swedish Equality Ombudsman's
factsheet on inadequate accessibility is discrimination,
is not correctly tagged / does not meet PDF/UA, and thus not accessible for everyone.
Probably violating the Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service!




Sweden - The Swedish Parliamentary Ombudsmen (JO)
Report 2018/19 (.pdf)

callas pdfGoHTML Check - Does not comply with PDF/UA - Not accessible PDF - The Swedish Parliamentary Ombudsmen (JO), Report 2018/19 - Picture

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Example of a PDF document that completely lacks proper structure tagging.
Thus not accessible for everyone.
Probably violating the Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service!




Sweden - The Swedish Chancellor of Justice (JK) - Annual Report 2018 (.pdf)

Chancellor of Justice (JK) - Annual Report 2018 - Front - Picture PAC3 Check - Does not comply with PDF/UA - Not accessible PDF - Chancellor of Justice (JK) - Annual Report 2018 - Picture

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The PDF document above,
which is the Chancellor of Justice (JK) - Annual Report 2018,
is not correctly tagged / does not meet PDF/UA, and thus not accessible for everyone.
Probably violating the Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service!




Sweden - The Swedish Innovation Agency (Vinnova)
Vinnova Report: VR 2019:2 -
Study of the definition and applications of the concept of accessibility design (.pdf)

Vinnova - Report: VR 2019:2 - Study of the definition and applications of the concept of accessibility design - Front - Picture PAC3 Check - Does not comply with PDF/UA - Not accessible PDF - Vinnova - Report: VR 2019:2 - Study of the definition and applications of the concept of accessibility design - Picture

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The PDF document above,
which is the Vinnova Report 2019:2
Study of the definition and applications of the concept of accessibility design,
is not correctly tagged / does not meet PDF/UA, and thus not accessible for everyone.
Probably violating the Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service!




Sweden - The Agency for Digital Government (DIGG) -
Referral memorandum on proposals for regulations on
accessibility to digital public service, 2019 (.pdf)

The Agency for Digital Government - Referral memorandum on proposals for regulations on accessibility to digital public service - Front - Picture PAC3 Check - Does not comply with PDF/UA - Not accessible PDF - The Agency for Digital Government - Referral memorandum on proposals for regulations on accessibility to digital public service - Picture

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The PDF document above,
which is the The Agency for Digital Government
Referral memorandum on proposals for regulations on accessibility to digital public service,
is not correctly tagged / does not meet PDF/UA, and thus not accessible for everyone.
Probably violating the Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service!




Sweden - The Swedish Disability Rights Federation / Funktionsrätt Sverige -
Opinion on Proposal for regulations on accessibility to digital public service, 2019 (.pdf)

The Swedish Disability Rights Federation - Opinion on Proposal for regulations on accessibility to digital public service - Front - Picture PAC3 Check - Does not comply with PDF/UA - Not accessible PDF - The Swedish Disability Rights Federation - Opinion on Proposal for regulations on accessibility to digital public service - Picture

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The PDF document above,
which is the The Swedish Disability Rights Federation
Opinion on Proposal for regulations on accessibility to digital public service,
is not correctly tagged / does not meet PDF/UA, and thus not accessible for everyone.
Probably violating the Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service!




Sweden - Swedish Social Insurance Agency -
Brochure: If you have a disability, 2019 (.pdf)

Swedish Social Insurance Agency - Brochure: If you have a disability - Front Cover - Picture PAC3 Check - Does not comply with PDF/UA - Not accessible PDF - Swedish Social Insurance Agency - Brochure: If you have a disability - Picture

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The PDF document above,
which is the Swedish Social Insurance Agency's brochure
If you have a disability,
is not correctly tagged / does not meet PDF/UA, and thus not accessible for everyone.
Probably violating the Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service!




Sweden - Swedish Public Employment Services - Annual Report 2018 (.pdf)

Swedish Public Employment Services - Annual Report 2018 - Front Cover - Picture PAC3 Check - Does not comply with PDF/UA - Not accessible PDF - Swedish Public Employment Services - Annual Report 2018 - Picture

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The PDF document above,
which is the Swedish Public Employment Services Annual Report 2018
is not correctly tagged / does not meet PDF/UA, and thus not accessible for everyone.
Probably violating the Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service!




Sweden - SBAB Bank AB - Annual Report 2018 (.pdf)

SBAB Bank AB is wholly owned by the Swedish state.

callas pdfGoHTML Check - Does not comply with PDF/UA - Not accessible PDF -  SBAB Annual Report 2018 - Front Cover - Picture

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Example of a PDF document that completely lacks proper structure tagging.
Thus not accessible for everyone.
Probably violating the Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service!




Sweden - The Swedish National Government Service Centre
An administrative joint service for e-archives - Final Report, 2019 (.pdf)


callas pdfGoHTML Check - Does not comply with PDF/UA - Not accessible PDF - National Government Service Centre - En förvaltningsgemensam tjänst för e-arkiv, 2019 - Front Cover - Picture

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Example of a PDF document that completely lacks proper structure tagging.
Thus not accessible for everyone.
Probably violating the Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service!




Sweden - The Swedish National Agency for Special Needs Education and Schools (SPSM) -
Report: Valuation tool for increased availability in preschool and school, 2018 (.pdf)


The National Agency for Special Needs Education and Schools (SPSM) - Valuation tool for increased availability in preschool and school, 2018 - Front Cover - Picture PAC3 Check - Does not comply with PDF/UA - Not accessible PDF - The National Agency for Special Needs Education and Schools (SPSM) - Valuation tool for increased availability in preschool and school, 2018 - Picture

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The PDF document above,
which is the The Swedish National Agency for Special Needs Education and Schools (SPSM) -
Report: Valuation tool for increased availability in preschool and school, 2018,
is not correctly tagged / does not meet PDF/UA, and thus not accessible for everyone.
Probably violating the Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service!




Sweden - The Swedish Press and Broadcasting Authority (MPRT) -
Summary of Accessibility Follow-up 2018 (.pdf)

callas pdfGoHTML kontroll - Uppfyller ej PDF/UA - Ej tillgänglig PDF - Myndigheten för press, radio och tv, 2019 - Bild

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Example of a PDF document that completely lacks proper structure tagging.
Thus not accessible for everyone.
Probably violating the Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service!




Sweden - The Swedish Internet Foundation -
Report: Swedes and the internet 2018 (.pdf)

The Swedish Internet Foundation - The Swedes and the internet 2018 - Front Cover - Picture PAC3 Check - Does not comply with PDF/UA - Not accessible PDF - The Swedish Internet Foundation - The Swedes and the internet 2018 - Bild

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The PDF document above,
which is the Swedish Internet Foundation's
Report: Swedes and the internet 2018,
is not correctly tagged / does not meet PDF/UA, and thus not accessible for everyone.
Probably violating the Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service!




Sweden - Begripsam AB -
Report: Swedes with disabilities and internet 2017 (.pdf)

The report is financed by The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS)

(A new report for the year 2019 is under development)

Begripsam AB - Report: Swedes with disabilities and internet 2017 - Front Cover - Picture PAC3 Check - Does not comply with PDF/UA - Not accessible PDF - Begripsam AB - Report: Swedes with disabilities and internet 2017 - Picture

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The PDF document above,
which is Begripsam AB -
Report: Swedes with disabilities and internet 2017,
is not correctly tagged / does not meet PDF/UA, and thus not accessible for everyone.
Probably violating the Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service!




Sweden - The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) - Annual Report 2018 (.pdf)

callas pdfGoHTML Check - Does not comply with PDF/UA - Not accessible PDF- The Swedish Post and Telecom Authority (PTS) - Annual Report 2018 - Picture

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Example of a PDF document that completely lacks proper structure tagging.
Thus not accessible for everyone.
Probably violating the Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service!




Sweden - The Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency (KMK) -
Annual Report 2018 (.pdf)

The Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency - Annual Report 2018 - Front Cover - Picture PAC3 Check - Does not comply with PDF/UA - Not accessible PDF - The Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency - Annual Report 2018 - Picture

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The PDF document above,
which is The Swedish Legal, Financial and Administrative Services Agency
Annual Report 2018,
is not correctly tagged / does not meet PDF/UA, and thus not accessible for everyone.
Probably violating the Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service!




Sweden - The City of Stockholm - A City for Everyone

callas pdfGoHTML Check - Does not comply with PDF/UA - Not accessible PDF - The City of Stockholm - A City for Everyone - Picture

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Example of a PDF document that completely lacks proper structure tagging.
Thus not accessible for everyone or the intended audience: "Individuals with disabilities"
Probably violating the Swedish Law on Access to Digital Public Service!



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