Making Adobe PDF Files Accessible for Students with Disabilities
Georgia Tech Research on Accessible Distance Education (GRADE)
Georgia Institute of Technology. Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access
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Adobe PDF files, or Portable Document Format files, are popular in distance learning because they provide a cross-platform solution for presenting content, including words, images, tables, and forms. Adobe provides its Acrobat Reader software, which allows users to view PDF files, as a free download (http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readermain.html). This has made PDF files popular enough to be commonplace on the web. PDF provides content developers with the assurance that their document will have a consistent look and feel, regardless of the operating system.