Creating PDFs that everyone can use

May 3, 2019 3:00 PM

Office of Communications

If you use a computer in your job, it’s inevitable that you’ve read PDF files, and there’s a good chance you’ve created them, too. What you might not realize is that for some people, reading a PDF is oftentimes the equivalent of trying to read a page written in black ink on black paper. You’re not going to get very far.

Fortunately, there are a few easy things you can do when creating PDFs that will make a world of difference for blind and low vision people who use screen reader software. We’ve put together a 2-page guide, Making Accessible PDFs, to help you understand the basics. For typical, uncomplicated documents, these tips are enough to ensure that the information you’re publishing is accessible to everyone who needs it. If you have more complex requirements, contact the webteam and we’ll help you figure it out. We’ve been learning as we go, and we love a challenge.

Accessibility is a core component of good communication, and it aligns with the Oberlin community’s core values. It’s also a legal requirement to provide equal access to information and services that are delivered electronically, including websites and PDF files. Keep accessibility in mind for all electronic communications. 

Download and read this guide today!

Making Accessible PDFs