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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.

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




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Our public authorities probably violate the Swedish Accessibility Act


Why care about accessibility acts
when not even the Government or the Parliament cares?


    How well do Swedish authorities and public operations comply
    with current accessibility acts in practice?

    PDF documents from authorities and organizations (often with public funding)
    who in many cases also has a special mission to work for an
    accessible society for everyone.

    We have examined hundreds of PDF documents with regard to
    how well they meet the ISO standard PDF/UA for accessible PDF;
    documents that intentionally are published to the public on
    public websites by the Government Offices, Parliament,
    authorities, agencies, parliamentary parties, organizations;
    see samples of these documents below.

    In no case have we managed to find documents that meet the PDF/UA Standard
    which means that Swedish authorities and other actuators probably violates
    the Swedish Act on Access to Digital Public Services for everyone
    in a systematic way!

    Clearly, the mandatory accessibility legislation has completely passed
    our politicians, decision makers and government officials.
    None of the individuals involved seem to have understood that
    the applicable laws also apply own daily operations. It is remarkable!

    Remarkable is also that not even the most central ones of the steering
    documents for Swedish authorities or government reports are
    prepared to be accessible for everyone in our society.

    If not even our country's most central public entities,
    The Prime Minister's Office and the Parliament, are capable to publish
    accessible PDF documents according to the requirements of
    the Swedish Act on Access to Digital Public Services,
    why then should other authorities care?

    Credibility requires immediate action!


    Contact NewFormat, we will guide you to the right tools and services for your business





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Government 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:




        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.

    Interesting?

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




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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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