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PDF and the User Experience Survey

This survey was designed for people with disabilities using adaptive technology. Every attempt has been made to ensure that the survey is accessible. It has been tested by people who use adaptive technology. There is an e-mail link at the beginning of the survey to use if you find any problems or have any problems filling out the survey.

The PDF and the User Experience Survey 2017 will open November 1, 2017. .

PDF and the User Experience Survey 2016 - tagged PDF.

PDF and the User Experience Survey 2015 - tagged PDF.

Survey Results Presented at Conferences

University of Guelph Accessibility Conference,May 2016 - this is a link to the slides used for the session.

PDF Validation Tools

If you are landing on this page and wonder if your PDF documents are accessible, there are some tools you can use to check them.

As well as the built-in Accessibility Full Check of Adobe Acrobat Pro, there are a few others worth looking into. All of them are free.

PAC or PDF Accessibility Checker by xyMedia. This is a PDF/UA checker only..

PDF Valadator by CommonLook. This checks WCAG 2.0 and PDF/UA.

PDF Remediation Tools and Services

Some of these companies have both software tools and remediation services.


Appligent Document Solutions

CommonLook PDF Global Access

CommonLook Office Global Access (Microsoft Office add-in)

CommonLook Services


ISO 14289 or PDF/UA Resources

The Matterhorn Protocolfrom the PDF Association

PDF/UA Technical Implementation Guide from AIIM

PDF/UA Reference Suite from the PDF Association