Conference date and location: 22-24 October, 2012, Boulder, Colorado, USA
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Creating An Accessible ACM Conference Paper

ACM publications are read (and reviewed) by many people. Making your paper accessible will help to promote the equal participation of people with disabilities in science and engineering. This note describes how to check if your PDF is accessible, and how to fix the most common accessibility problems. For more information please refer to Adobe's accessibility resource center.

How do I test if my PDF is accessible?

How do I fix accessibility problems?

Word users should correct as many problems as possible in the Word source file rather than the pdf, as described in the next section. LaTeX users will need to edit the PDF directly using Adobe Acrobat. A better basic PDF may be produced by using latex2pdf as opposed to ps2pdf. See also the WebAim PDF Accessibility primer which provides information for OpenOffice users.

The accessibility checker in Adobe Acrobat Pro provides help with fixing many accessibility problems. The following steps are for Adobe Acrobat Pro 7. Please see Adobe's best practices for detailed instructions covering more versions of Adobe Acrobat.

To create a more fully accessible document, you should also check the reading order and remove artifacts. For more information look for online tutorials such as this accessible PDF tutorial from Ohio State University.

Creating an accessible PDF directly from Word

Microsoft Word users should follow these steps to produce a source document that will translate automatically into a more accessible pdf. See also this article on creating accessible PDF from Word 2007. DO NOT USE PRINT TO PDF.

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