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Announcing access.adobe.com



                         Welcome To Access At Adobe!
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Please visit http://access.adobe.com

This page is your launching point for learning more about
universal access to Adobe products.  The primary focus at present
is enhancing the accessibility of PDF.

  Portable Document Format (PDF) is a platform-independent means
  of exchanging visually rich documents.  PDF is fast becoming a
  pervasive means of communicating richly formatted information
  on electronic networks including the Internet and its most
  popular segment, the World Wide Web (WWW).  PDF documents are
  rich in visual layout, and are popular among users capable of
  appreciating the high-fidelity visual presentation.  However,
  visually impaired users have found PDF documents hard to
  access.  Conventional screen reading technologies ---software
  that enables a visually impaired user listen to the contents of
  a computer display--- prove ineffective when reading the rich
  visual presentation.

In the past year, Adobe has been working on a
  platform-independent solution aimed at enhancing the
  accessibility of PDF to visually impaired users on diverse
  computing platforms.  This new strategy relies on standard WWW
  protocols and clients to bring PDF accessibility to the
  standard HTML browser that users already use for surfing the
  WWW.  We have implemented a PDF2HTML translator that converts
  textual content from PDF documents to HTML.  You can now use
  this conversion technology to more readily access PDF documents
  using your favorite WWW browser and screen access application.

1) You can set up your WWW browser to use a special translation
proxy server at Adobe, and have any PDF file you encounter on the
WWW automatically converted to HTML.

2) You can submit a URL to any PDF file you wish to read using an
interactive WWW form. The document will be converted to HTML and
presented in your WWW browser.

3) You can mail a URL to a PDF document in the body of an email
message to pdf2txt@adobe.com (for plain text) or to
pdf2html@adobe.com and have the convertor mail back the result of
translating the PDF file.

 For a detailed description of these accessibility services, read
http://www.adobe.com/prodindex/acrobat/access.html

Note: All of these services are based on tools I developed for my
own use at Adobe; I have been using these tools on a daily basis
for over nine months now and find them indispensable for my work.
I hope they are equally helpful to readers on this list.

--Raman   http://cs.cornell.edu/home/raman

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Best Regards,
--raman

      Adobe Systems                 Tel: 1 (408) 536 3945   (W14-129)
      Advanced Technology Group     Fax: 1 (408) 537 4042 
      (W14 129) 345 Park Avenue     Email: raman@adobe.com 
      San Jose , CA 95110 -2704     Email:  raman@cs.cornell.edu
      http://labrador.corp.adobe.com/~raman/raman.html (Adobe  Internal)
      http://www.cs.cornell.edu/Info/People/raman/raman.html  (Cornell)
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    Disclaimer: The opinions expressed are my own and in no way should be taken
as representative of my employer, Adobe Systems Inc.
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