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NewFormat make PDF information permanently
accessible, searchable, readable and reusable
for the future and for as many people as possible.

We create accessible PDF in compliance with the ISO Standard PDF/UA.

Our solutions are based on
recognized ISO Standards based on PDF technology
and tested, reliable, and highly accessible software solutions from
the PDF Association vendor community.

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Inaccessible PDF May Constitute Discrimination

    Access to digital public information is a fundamental right for everyone;
    also PDF documents created by government authorities constitutes digital public service.

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

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

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Sweden as a nation is bound to
international regulations for accessibility for everyone

    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 Act, and

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

    Declarations, conventions and acts that are technology-neutral.
    No matter which technology the government entity chooses for its
    digital services (web/HTML, PDF, ...) it must be provided in a form
    ensuring it is accessible for everyone in the society.

    Authorities are also in the role of employer responsible for that
    employee work material is accessible and well functioning.

    Swedish authorities are thus since long bound to comply with
    and apply these regulations in their daily operations.

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Examples of business documents / PDF documents,
that are not accessible for everyone!

    All PDF documents referenced below are made available to the public from public websites.

    The documents have been tested against how well they meet
    the ISO Standard 14289, PDF/UA, for accessible PDF.
    In present form form they do not comply with PDF/UA and
    are therefore not accessible for everyone.

    The examples below are merely the "top of an iceberg" of ordinary
    operating documents from Swedish authorities that are
    not accessible for everyone.

    A reliable compliance test for the ISO Standard PDF/UA
    always requires at least two stages of validation:

    • a programmatic syntactic test, which can be performed by a piece of software, and

    • an interactive semantic test carried out by a human.

    The documents' syntactic conformity with PDF/UA
    have been controlled with various reliable testing tools:

    Contact NewFormat for advice on how to create available PDF

        Examples of inaccessible PDF documents        

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The list is under compilation

Please come back at a later date...

... or contact NewFormat for
information in advance on the status of

accessible PDF for your specific authority

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Recommended Reading on PDF/UA
The ISO Standard for Accessible PDF Documents and Forms

PDF/UA in a Nutshell - Front Cover - Picture     PDF/UA Flyer Front Cover - Picture

(For download of these guides, click on the pictures above)

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    Do you need help to create accessible PDF in compliance with PDF/UA?

    Accessible PDF (PDF/UA) ensures accessibility to digital public service for everyone.

    We help customers to create any volume of accessible PDF documents,
    out of native MS Office (Word and PowerPoint) and Adobe InDesign documents,
    and PDF documents generated by other tools.


    We are here to help you - Contact NewFormat for Accessible PDF

More Information and Resources

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For more information contact NewFormat

NewFormat AB
Smörblommegränd 14, SE-165 72 Hässelby (Stockholm), Sweden
tel:+46 (0)70 631 53 01

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