There’s a Chinese proverb that says, “Tell me, I’ll forget. Show me, I may remember. But involve me, and I’ll understand.” It’s a good approach to take when you’re in charge of training people to become accessible content creators.
The collective knowledge around the creation of accessible PDFs is slowly but surely growing, making this flexible format more widely available to people of all abilities. But what if you make your PDF accessible, yet someone still finds it inaccessible because of the way they open it?
We all like to peruse a document in different ways, whether it’s simply reading from front cover to back cover, scanning a table of contents to pull out the pertinent sections, or hitting the executive summary and leaving things there. This is something we should remember when creating our documents as well, so adding as many navigation options as possible increases the ease of readability for all end users.