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CommonLook
PDF Accessibility: Problem Solved

Solutions for Compliance with Accessibility Standards:
ISO 14289-1 (PDF/UA),
W3C/WCAG 2.0/2.1,
U.S. Section 508 and U.S. HHS


Our solutions are based on
tested, reliable, and highly accessible software solutions.

NewFormat is Appointed Reseller and Solution Partner in
Nordic (Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway)
and
Baltic Region (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania)
of leading CommonLook PDF technology
from NetCentric Technologies Inc., USA.




Creates PDF files that complies to
PDF/UA, WCAG 2.0/2.1, U.S. Section 508, and U.S. HHS

CommonLook provides software and professional services
to help organizations achieve compliance with
document accessibility standards, including
ISO 14289-1 (PDF/UA),
W3C/Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0/2.1 (WCAG 2.0/2.1),
U.S. Section 508, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

International Accessibility Standards: ISO PDF/UA, W3C WCAG 2.0/2.1, Section 508 USA, HHS USA - Icon Banner

Covering the entire document lifecycle,
these products are recognized as the leading solution for PDF compliance.




Digital documents are everywhere.
CommonLook makes them accessible to everyone.
That’s all we do.


How Accessible PDF works

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    A PDF file consists of a collection of objects (text, images, drawing lins, forms, etc)
    that together make up the content (physical view).
    Adding accessibility means organizing the content within structural information that
    establish the semantics of the content (heading, paragraph, list, table, figure, etc.),
    as well as the content reading order.

    This structural information is called the Tags Tree (Tag View).
    A screen reader (e.g. JAWS, VIP PDF-Reader, NVDA), uses the tags view to
    determine the reading order and provide semantic information to the user.

    See more details in this white paper:

    The CommonLook Document Accessibility Primer


How are PDFs Made Accessible?

    As a first step, PDFs must have tags for assistive technologies (AT) used by
    people with disabilities to be able to detect the content within the PDF
    - without tags there is nothing for AT to read!

    Tagging involves adding structural information about elements, such as
    headings, paragraphs, lists and tables to PDFs so that they can be
    read and navigated accurately and efficiently by people with disabilities.

    CommonLook software and remediation services address every stage of
    the document lifecycle, quickly and cost-effectively;
    from interactive conversion of single files to files automatically
    generated as accessible PDF from live data/databases.


What are the Factors that Affect the Cost to Make Accessible PDF?

    Think about the variety of pages in the world; the variety of possible PDF pages.
    Variety means complexity.

    Some PDFs are no more than simple paragraphs of text generated from a Word file.
    But others are newsletters, or include scientific equations, or invoices.
    Some are magazine layouts, or scanned pages.
    Not all documents are simple vanilla paragraphs of text, and not all PDFs are
    created equal or according to valid PDF standards.


    We actually mean two different things by “complexity”:

    • The physical structure of the PDF document.
      Is it a well-made, well-tagged, PDF file,
      or is the content internally disorganized and unstructured?
      Are the pages from an electronic source such as Quark, InDesign, MS Office,...?
      Are they scanned pages?

    • The logical structure of the document.
      Does it contain lots of footnotes, images without alternative text,
      complex tables or forms?

    The cost depends on the complexity of a PDF document's physical and logical structure.

    We handle all PDF content in whatever form.
    Our experts make sure that every aspect of PDF content
    handling is addressed, from artifacts to z-order.
    Comprehensive, fully documented results are delivered
    through our structured methodology and technology.




CommonLook
Delivering document accessibility solutions for 20+years

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Powerful Accessibility Software

    Use CommonLook's industry-leading automated tools to create, remediate,
    and manage accessible PDF documents and Microsoft documents,
    with less effort than ever before.

    • Reduce time and cut compliance costs, while boosting accuracy,
      throughout the document production cycle.

    • Avoid litigation risks by ensuring documents are accessible to
      users with disabilities, prior to distribution.
      Empower authors and testers to ensure PDF documents
      comply with current accessibility standards.

Portfolio of Professional Services

    Our verification and remediation services provide an accurate, comprehensive,
    and cost-effective way to achieve standards compliance for public-facing,
    popular, or large volumes of PDF documents and forms.

    Start your verification and remediation project off right by
    rounding out the team with CommonLook services experts.

    • Follow a proven methodology every step of the way to achieve
      PDF/UA, WCAG 2.0/2.1, U.S. Section 508, or U.S. HHS compliance
      in budget and on-time.

    • Get surprisingly fast delivery, even on high volumes,
      for accessibility verification, correction, and
      testing of PDF documents and forms.

    • Achieve the highest standards of accuracy and quality
      - receive a compliance certificate for each remediated document.

    • Know your compliance project scope and costs up front
      - conduct a rapid assessment of the accessibility status of your PDF content.


WCAG 2.1 and PDF Accessibility

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What’s new in WCAG 2.1 and how CommonLook is supporting WCAG 2.1.

    Web Content Accessibility Guidelines / WCAG focuses on helping
    users with disabilities to access digital information and services.

    In June 2018 the WCAG 2.1 standard was released.
    It wasn’t intended to replace WCAG 2.0 and WCAG 2.0 is still valid.

    WCAG 2.1 builds on WCAG 2.0 and continues to improve the lives of the disabled.
    The primary focus for WCAG 2.1 was to improve web accessibility for people
    with disabilities who fit into one (or more) of the following three groups:

    • users with cognitive and/or learning disabilities

    • users with low vision and

    • disabled users of mobile devices

    An important thing to note about the two versions is that if a webpage
    (or, by extension, a PDF) passes at the WCAG 2.1AA level,
    then it will also pass WCAG 2.0AA.


    Learn more on WCAG 2.1 and CommonLook's support:

What is CommonLook Doing About WCAG 2.1?

    As a leading vendor of solutions for accessible PDF, CommonLook support WCAG 2.1.

    CommonLook PDF Validator and Commonlook PDF currently support
    testing against and remediating to the WCAG 2.1AA level.
    CommonLook Clarity provide full support for WCAG 2.1AA testing.

    In the near future,
    CommonLook Office will be supporting WCAG 2.1 for document authors.



Products and Services for Accessible PDF



CommonLook
Software and services for
accessibility assessment and remediation

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Free PDF Accessibility Checker
Plug-in to Adobe Acrobat



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Creates Accessible PDF
from within
MS Word & PowerPoint
Plug-in to Microsoft Office


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Accessibility / Remediation
Create Accessible PDF
from within Adobe Acrobat


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PDF Accessibility
Monitor and Tracker


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Accessible PDF Generator


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Hands-on Training

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PDF Remediation Service


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Document Accessibility Solution
for Higher Education


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