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Happy New Year, and welcome to the January issue of the CommonLook Accessibility Newsletter!

Have you made your New Year’s Resolution yet? How about resolving to achieve document accessibility in 2017? The start of a new year is a chance to lay out a new plan for accessibility and CommonLook can help.  A first step is assessing the level of your documents accessibility using the CommonLook PDF Validator tool. Check out our article on how to use the free, new tool and if you haven’t already, request your free download.

A second step after assessing your level of accessibility is remediating using CommonLook PDF GlobalAccess. Difficult repairs are made easy using the GlobalAccess tool, as our second article in this month’s newsletter will show you. Request a free trial here.

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Five StepsTo Creating Your Accessibility Program


There are over 285 million people in the world with some form of visual impairment, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). This represents a large group of people who often encounter significant obstacles to accessing the information published on web sites and in documents.

Our white paper Five Key Steps to a Successful Document Accessibility Program guides you through a proven methodology and is a must-read if you want to know how to develop and implement your own document accessibly program.

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Leveraging The Power of CommonLook Validator

CommonLook PDF Validator is the stand-alone validation tool that you have in CommonLook PDF GlobalAccess.

This free version of the validation tool will let staff who work with PDF documents but not necessarily other CommonLook tools to quickly validate PDF document accessibility as part of a quality assurance process when the PDF documents are returned to your organization from a remediation service.

CommonLook PDF Validator is easy to use and checks against several standards such as WCAG and PDF/UA.

If you are new to Validator, here is how it works:

  1. Open the PDF document you want to validate.
  2. Under the Menu Bar, click Plug-in, and launch the CommonLook PDF Validator.
  3. In the Checkpoint Configuration Pane, choose Configuration.xml as the default (you will need to do this with each document you validate).
  4. In the Standards Pane, choose from either a structure standard (ISO 32000 – 1:2008) or an accessibility standard such as WCAG or PDF/UA.
    1. You can come back and look at other standards for the same document.
  5. Choose whether you want an Incremental report or a Full report.
    1. Both types of reports open a Pane at the bottom of the main document area.
  6. Go through the checkpoints.
    1. What you will see are elements that need User Verification, Not Applicable, Warning, Passed or Failed.
  7. If you right click on any Failed checkpoint you have the options for Help or Status.
  8. For Failed checkpoints, return to Adobe Acrobat and make the repairs.

You can download CommonLook PDF Validator if you don’t already have it.




CommonLook to Connect With Higher Ed At CSUN 2017

If you will be in attendance at this year’s conference and would like to schedule a free consultation with CommonLookregarding your electronic document accessibility needs, please email

We look forward to seeing you there!


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