Why?

A major benefit of accessible PDFs is that they make your materials available to a wider audience including those with disabilities without compromising the look of the original document.

Accessible PDFs enable the user to:

  • use tags and tabbing to select correct reading order;
  • navigate the page using bookmarks or a contents menu;
  • use screen readers to read the page text out loud – for the visually impaired;
  • provide descriptive text (ALT-Text) to ensure that readers understand the message behind images, tables and graphs;
  • reflow text – making a page with two or more columns into one column for easier reading on smaller screens e.g. mobile;
  • change colour contrast and font size.
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Acknowledging and addressing accessibility issues also promotes a more inclusive culture in your organisation. An additional benefit of PDFs in education is that they enable learners to download learning content easily and therefore support studying almost anywhere and at any time.

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All efforts have been made to ensure materials created by the EDU comply with current accessibility guidelines (JISC: Support for learners with disabilities).

If further assistance is required with accessibility matters please contact the student support section in your academic partner UHI: Accessing learner support.

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