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Join Chad Chelius and Dax Castro (CHAX) as they chat about important document accessibility topics, trends and maybe even complain a little now and again.

Join Chad Chelius and Dax Castro (CHAX) as they chat about important document accessibility topics, trends and maybe even complain a little now and again.


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Join Chad Chelius and Dax Castro (CHAX) as they chat about important document accessibility topics, trends and maybe even complain a little now and again.




Testing for Accessibility with a Screen Reader

Testing tables with screen readers ensures a good user experience. Join Chad and Dax as they drop some great shortcut key combos you should know that will help you keep your sanity while exploring how a table is read by a screen reader. See Who's on Twitter and drop a comment on our transcript page to get a free sticker.


Surprising Accessibility Conference Feedback from CEO David Blatner

David Blatner, CEO at Creative Pro Network talks about pivoting the Accessibility Conference from a live to an online and the surprising feedback he received.


Guest: Adobe Director of Engineering Matthew Hardy on Acrobat Liquid Mode

Listen in as Dax and Chad chat with Adobe Director of Engineering Matthew Hardy about the development and implementation of Adobe Acrobat Liquid mode. We also dive into the benefits of PDF/UA and being a member of the PDF Association and having input into the development of future accessibility standards.


Accessible Tables, Table Summaries and Table Myths

Take a deep dive into the world of accessible tables with Chad and I. We cover blank cells, cell structure and where MS Word falls short. We also discuss why table summaries are not required to meet accessibility standards anywhere. To be fair, we also mention they still improve accessibility. Join us as we spiral down the hole of table formatting and what makes a table accessible this week on Chax Chat where we unravel accessibility for you.


Heading Pitfalls, MS Office Bug and a Free Accessibility Script!

Check out this episode where we reveal a newly discovered bug in the latest release of MS Office plugin for Adobe Acrobat Export PDF. Chad and I also talk about the typical pitfalls of pasting content from one document to another and how phantom heading tags can be misapplied. Hear our best practices for walking the tags tree and why you can forget dealing with those pesky span tags. Be sure to tune in so you can get the FREE InDesign Accessibility Tool Chad just developed! Do things like...


More Adobe Acrobat Preflight Panel Tools you need to know

Join Dax Castro and Chad Chelius as they reveal their favorite accessibility fixups in the Adobe Acrobat Preflight Panel and a few alternatives for multi-line hyperlinks. Stay tuned for our unique opinions on the Preflight Fixup for "Creating Content for Link Annotations" and why they are important. And of course make sure you do not miss this episode's "Who's on Twitter" from Kenya.


Acrobat Action Wizard and Dealing with Scanned Content

In this accessibility podcast Chad and I discuss the merits of the Adobe Acrobat Action Wizard for accessibility and when you should and shouldn't use it. We also talk about dealing with making scanned documents accessible using Acrobat as well as advanced options like Abbyy Fine Reader. You definitely want to stick around to find out Who's on Twitter. This episode's feature comes from Scotland!


Guest: Guy van der Kolk - Accessibility Automation and the journey

Chad and I talked with Typefi Product Manager Guy van der Kolk about large-scale document automation and the journey of mastering accessibility. This episode is jam packed with accessibility tips and inspirational hope for those who are new to accessibility.


Guest Leonard Rosenethol - Content Authenticity, Liquid Mode and Read Order

Join us this week where we talk to Leonard Rosenthol, Senior Principal Scientist with Adobe Systems. Leonard introduces us to the field of Content Authenticity and tamper evident files. We also discuss the real meaning of the PDF/UA Identifier and why the status is always unverified. Chad and I send out a plea to NVDA and JAWS to participate in the accessibility standards development and Leonard reminds us that Liquid Mode in Adobe Acrobat Mobile has been active for more than a year! Learn...


Guest Adam Spencer: Large-scale accessibility, PDF Association, the AxesPDF table editor and overcoming bad design for accessibility

Chad Chelius and I take an opportunity to talk to Adam Spencer, CEO of AbleDocs about large-scale document accessibility, being a member of the PDF Association and the struggles of overcoming bad design for improved accessibility.


Guest Colleen Gratzer: Common Client Roadblocks with Accessible Design

Listen in as Chad and I talk to our guest Colleen Gratzer of Gratzer Graphics and host of the Design Domination Podcast. We discuss common roadblocks when talking with clients about accessibility and how to navigate through things like changing colors for compliance and using tools like color.adobe.com, bulleted lists and the proper way to map and use styles.


Accessibility Scripts and Tools for Acrobat and InDesign

Join Chad and I as we review several accessibility scripts and tools for Acrobat and Adobe InDesign you should be using when you need to remediate documents or edit the source files. Do not miss our review section on WCAG 1.4.1 Color only as well. There are some tips and tricks in there you should know.


Understanding Accessibility Guidelines: WCAG, PDF/UA, Matterhorn Protocol

Join Chad and I as we talk about what's new in WCAG 2.1. This information-packed episode covers several different accessibility standards documents you should be referencing like the Matterhorn Protocol, Tagged PDF Best Practice Guide, ISO-32000-1, ISO 14289-1 and PDF/UA. Make sure you don't miss our discussion about the myths about minimum font size and the upcoming mobile accessibility advancement- Adobe PDF Liquid Mode.


Guest Dr. Chris Law – Web Accessibility, Cognitive Disability and Predictive Text

We loved having Dr. Chris M. Law last week so much that we invited him back this week. Join us as we talk about Web Accessibility, Cognitive Disability and Predictive Text.


Guest Dr. Chris Law – VPATs, Risk and Accountability

Join us for our special guest Dr. Chris Law as we discuss the validity of VPATs, What they are and how they are used. We take a deeper look at testing methods and WebAIM's statistics on screen reader usage. We also discuss the ethics surrounding the question of "Who is checking anyway?" and what are the risks of non-compliance. Chris also shares some great resources at the accessibility switchboard on how to start the discussion of accessibility within your organization.


Guest Victoria Richards – Crafting better alt-text

Join us as we talk with Victoria Richards about writing effective alt-text, accessibility testing methods and we finally get to hear Chad Chelius' story about how he got started in document accessibility. You definitely want to hear his great story. Hint - Victoria had something to do with it.


Guest Philipp Carlucci and Accessible Tactile Comics

In this episode we talk with Philipp Carlucci about his tactile comic project and the impacts of empowering blind users with the ability to interpret a comic. Our "Who's on Twitter" profile is AbleGamers. Be sure not to miss this episode. You will be blown away by Philipp's project.


Defining the user experience, color contrast and accessible maps

This week Chad and I spend some time to talk about accessible maps. We cover some great topics like defining the expected user experience, non-text color contrast, the use of color only, how to make complex maps more accessible and what to do with heatmaps and other non-traditional graphics with a few different approaches. If you struggle with maps, be sure to check out his episode.


Guest Paul Rayius, common remediation struggles, testing with a screen reader

Join us this week as we talk to Paul Rayius VP of Vice President of Training at CommonLook as we talk about the most common struggles of remediators, why testing methods matter when testing with a screen reader and how a band teacher found his way to the world of accessibility. There is also a great self-help download from our spotlight "Who's on Twitter" this week. You do not want to miss this episode.


3 Ways to Artifact and Shortcut keys for Accessibility you should know

Join Chad Chelius and me Dax Castro as we reveal several different accessibility shortcut key combos that will help speed up your remediation and even one key that Mac users don't have. Be sure to listen in as we discuss 3 different ways to artifact objects in a PDF and one way you definitely want to avoid!