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"Creating Accessible PDFs" Session Summary

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Thursday December 8th, representatives from the Library, IT, and the LEADS offices presented a session about creating accessible PDF documents. Topics covered scanning tips and working with Adobe Acrobat Pro. This was followed by a question and answer period.

Making PDFs accessible is not only important for persons who may need accommodation, but for everyone. A PDF with rendered text is searchable, may be read aloud, and may be marked up or annotated. This makes the document more inclusive and a better tool for teaching and learning, enabling students to engage with the text in different modes.

OCR - What Is It?
OCR stands for Optical Character Recognition. This is the process in which a software program identifies where it thinks words are by drawing rectangles around them, compares the light and dark pixels to what it knows are particular letters, and finally provides the output of the computer’s guess as to what the text is. In the image below, the boxes are drawn in green and red…

Create Accessible PDFs Session

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Representatives from the Library, IT, and the LEADS offices will present a demonstration of how to create accessible PDF documents. Topics covered will include scanning tips, and working with Adobe Acrobat Pro. This will be followed by a question and answer period.

The session will be held on Thursday December 8, from 10:30-11:30 AM in Science Center, Room 150.

We invite any interested faculty, staff, or students to attend.
Link to event: https://www.beloit.edu/campus/events/?event_id=491555

Link to session summary: http://bcitec.blogspot.com/2016/12/creating-accessible-pdfs-session-summary.html