The Australian Government is seeking input to inform its policy about the use of the Portable Document Format (PDF) for the provision of government information online.
The Australian Human Rights Commission, responsible for administering the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (DDA) currently states on their DDA Advisory Notes:
The Commission’s view is that organisations who distribute content only in PDF format, and who do not also make this content available in another format such as RTF, HTML, or plain text, are liable for complaints under the DDA.
We are seeking feedback about the accessibility and ease of use of PDF files on the internet, especially via assistive technologies. We are seeking to understand common access issues or problems encountered when using PDF files on the internet.
The Australian Government is also interested in receiving feedback about creating tagged PDF files, including resource intensiveness and complexity. We also want to understand any related accessibility issues of tagged PDF files.