This model provides a comprehensive methodology for PDF testing and remediation, with many benefits for organizations managing significant volumes of documents.
Efficiency: Low Cost + High Quality
The CommonLook Services unit leverages the company’s software, capacity, and internal know-how to offer unprecedented value in low cost, high volume, fast turn accessibility verification, correction, and testing for PDF documents and forms.
Lists and Headings
Some accessibility standards, such as the existing Section 508 rules, do not explicitly call for basic logical concepts, such as headings and lists, to be included in documents. Theoretically, it is possible to comply with today’s Section 508 with a 100 page document using only <paragraph> tags!
CommonLook examines the document’s logical structure and ensures the remediator reviews and corrects structural elements such as headings and lists, even if they aren’t called-for in today’s Section 508. Getting “H2” and “LI” right is long-time acknowledged best-practice, and it’s unambiguously required for WCAG 2.0 Level AA.
CommonLook software includes automatic routines to detect and correct common problems in PDF files — problems that can take hours to fix with Adobe Acrobat.
Optimized for Compatibility with non-PDF-friendly Devices
Files processed with CommonLook may be reliably re-ordered to work well with Acrobat and Adobe Reader’s reflow feature or on mobile or other software which doesn’t use PDF logical structure, but are popular with many users because they are available free in Adobe’s Reader software and elsewhere.
In these cases, CommonLook’s Content Ordering functionality becomes important as a way to deliver a high-quality reading experience even to very basic PDF readers.