American Council of the Blind
This organization urges Adobe Systems, Inc. to make the accessible document setting the default rather than an option.
WHEREAS, the Portable Document Files (PDF) format, created by Adobe Systems, Inc. has largely become the dominant document format in the business environment; and
WHEREAS, many people who are blind or visually impaired use assistive technology to access electronic files; and
WHEREAS, the reading of such documents by screen-reading software requires that they be created using accessibility features; and
WHEREAS, the default setting for PDF document creation results in the production of inaccessible PDF documents; and
WHEREAS, it is necessary, therefore, in order to create an accessible PDF document, for a person to manually select the so-called "accessibility checker"; and
WHEREAS, Adobe Systems has expressed a willingness to examine this issue;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the American Council of the Blind in convention assembled on the 10th day of July, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus, Ohio, that this organization urge Adobe Systems Incorporated, to make the accessible document setting the default rather than an option.
Marlaina Lieberg, Secretary