About CommonLookThe leaders in PDF Accessibility and Innovation for 20 Years

Mission Statement

To make the world a better place through digital document accessibility innovation.

Vision Statement

Using CommonLook's tools and services following our process is a proven formula for guaranteeing compliance with the standards for accessible documents.

CommonLook, a leader in PDF accessibility, provides software and professional services to help organizations achieve compliance with document accessibility standards, including WCAG, PDF/UA and Section 508.

Global clients are served through offices in Arlington, VA; Ottawa, Canada; and Melbourne, Australia. Customers include government departments and agencies, institutes of higher education, financial and healthcare enterprises, and major corporations.

The CommonLook Difference

  • Specialized in document accessibility, with expertise in complex projects
  • Full range of document accessibility software, in addition to remediation services
  • Proven processes and technology, refined through hundreds of customer engagements
  • High volume remediation capacity to rapidly transform digital assets, and reach compliance
  • Only CommonLook software and Adobe Acrobat are listed by W3C for PDF remediation

A Vast Depth of Accessibility Experience

The CommonLook executive team has decades of experience in accessibility and is well versed in compliance standards and regulations. Ferass Elrayes, CommonLook CTO, is the chair of the Canadian delegation at the meetings of ISO TC 171/ SC 2. He has guided the introduction of several first-to-market commercial plugins for Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Word.

In addition, both Ferass and Paul Rayius, VP of Training, contribute to the authoring of the PDF (ISO 32000) and PDF/UA (ISO 14289) standards, participate in a variety of Technical Working Groups, have participated in the PDF/UA Competence Center’s development of implementation guides for ISO 14289 in 2016 and continue those efforts with publications such as the Tagging Best Practices Guide and the PDF Syntax Guide.

Paul Rayius also participates in various working groups in the IAAP (International Association of Accessibility Professionals) and has presented at various conferences, including PDF Days, DC; PDF Days Seattle; AHEAD; CSUN; and Accessing Higher Ground.

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