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How many of us have gone online to find specifications of a product we want to buy or to find a user manual because we’ve misplaced the print version that came with our product? More retailers and manufacturers are providing information on their websites in PDF format for the convenience of customers. Those PDF documents need to be accessible by any consumer who wants to access them.

When we are designing our websites for retail, we often forget that all of those supplemental documents that provide valuable information to our customers must also meet any legislation or standards of accessibility for customers with disabilities.

In 2015 it is easier for those of us with disabilities to gather user guides or user manuals on our devices for fast access. People with visual disabilities or who are blind can access accessible digital content faster than looking through drawers or filing cabinets for the instructions on how to adjust the timer on your furnace control or how to clean an appliance.

A by-product of having accessible PDF user guides and manuals is the ability to search for specific topics or documents on devices which can also lower frustration levels when you are trying to find those “simple” instructions you forgot!

 

CommonLook, the PDF Accessibility Authority, is pleased to announce the availability of CommonLook Office GlobalAccess. CommonLook Office GlobalAccess builds upon previous versions of the popular CommonLook Office product and adds support for a wide array of accessibility standards, thus allowing users to create accessible PDF files originating from Microsoft Word or Microsoft PowerPoint that can conform to a variety of accessibility standards accepted around the globe. Users can now choose to verify Word and PowerPoint files against the WCAG 2.0, Section 508, PDF/UA (also referred to as ISO 14289), and HHS – the standard used by the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

 

Monir ElRayes, Founder and CEO of CommonLook describes this latest release as building upon the company’s strong portfolio of electronic document accessibility solutions.  “CommonLook Office GlobalAccess, gives authors who use the world’s most popular word processing and presentation software the ability to create accessible content that will conform to global accessibility standards.  This builds upon the foundation established with CommonLook PDF GlobalAccess for the validation and remediation of PDF files. Now content authors are no longer limited to remediating previously created PDF files, they can author the Word and PowerPoint sources in accordance with the relevant accessibility standard. This results in both an accessible original and a PDF that conforms to the most popular accessibility standards used around the world.”

 

For Media Inquiries and Reviews Contact:  kstrong@commonlook.com

 

About CommonLook

CommonLook is a leading provider of software products, training, and professional services enabling government agencies, healthcare, higher education and corporations to meet their obligations for electronic document accessibility compliance with Section 508, WCAG 2.0, PDF/UA and other accessibility standards.

CommonLook’s customers include a wide range of government agencies, educational institutions and corporations around the world. The company maintains offices in Washington, DC; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; and Melbourne, Australia. Learn more at commonlook.com/.

 

CommonLook is a trademark of parent company NetCentric Technologies Inc. All other brand/product names are trademarks of their respective holders.

 

SAccessibility of User Guides and Manuals 

 

How many of us have gone online to find specifications of a product we want to buy or to find a user manual because we’ve misplaced the print version that came with our product? More retailers and manufacturers are providing information on their websites in PDF format for the convenience of customers. Those PDF documents need to be accessible by any consumer who wants to access them.

When we are designing our websites for retail, we often forget that all of those supplemental documents that provide valuable information to our customers must also meet any legislation or standards of accessibility for customers with disabilities.

In 2015 it is easier for those of us with disabilities to gather user guides or user manuals on our devices for fast access. People with visual disabilities or who are blind can access accessible digital content faster than looking through drawers or filing cabinets for the instructions on how to adjust the timer on your furnace control or how to clean an appliance.

A by-product of having accessible PDF user guides and manuals is the ability to search for specific topics or documents on devices which can also lower frustration levels when you are trying to find those “simple” instructions you forgot!

 

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IAAP’s Inaugural Accessibility Conference to be Held October 21-23 in Henderson, Nevada

This month, the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) will host its inaugural educational conference, entitled “IAAP Access 2015.” To be held October 21-23, 2015, at the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa in Henderson, Nevada, the conference will gather accessibility professionals from around the world who are focused on defining, improving and growing the accessibility profession. NetCentric is proud and excited to be a sponsor for and exhibitor during this momentous event in the world of accessibility!

The IAAP is a membership-based organization for individuals and organizations that are focused on accessibility or are in the process of building their accessibility skills and strategies. Their objective lies in helping accessibility professionals develop and advance their careers and to help organizations integrate accessibility into their products and infrastructure.

IAAP Access 2015 promises to be a landmark event at which attendees can expect the following:

  • networking with other professionals from around the world focusing on accessibility topics and implementation;
  • hearing from accessibility experts during keynote sessions, interactive education sessions and in-depth workshops;
  • meeting with leading product and service providers in the Exhibit Hall;
  • learning how to enhance your career path in the field.

More information about IAAP Access 2015 can be found on IAAP’s website.

If you will be in attendance at this year’s conference and would like to schedule a free consultation with NetCentric regarding your electronic document accessibility needs, please email marketing@commonlook.com.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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