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Welcome to NewFormat!

    Standards make the world work

    NewFormat makes digital information permanently accessible, searchable,
    readable and reusable for the future and for as many people as possible.

    For all businesses that appreciate Open Standards for Business Benefits.

    NewFormat provides applications and services for document management,
    accessible web and accessible PDF, digital print, prepress, publishing,
    e-archiving, workflow automation, packaging design and construction,
    and eye tracking.

    Our industry-leading plugins enhance and improve the basic functionality
    in your favorite layout, design and illustration software tools such as
    Adobe® InDesign®, Adobe® Illustrator®, Adobe® InCopy® and QuarkXPress®
    - for more efficient, standardized and time-saving production workflows.

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Where the PDF Experts Meet
September 27 -- October 25, 2021

PDF Days is the most popular and most important PDF event of the year.
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Accessible PDF

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PDF Accessibility Checker 2021

Free PDF Accessibility Checker
Test your PDF files for compliance with PDF/UA-1 and WCAG 2.1

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CommonLook PDF Validator

Free PDF Accessibility Checker Plug-in to Adobe Acrobat
Test your PDF files for compliance with PDF/UA-1 and WCAG 2.1

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axaio MadeToTag for Adobe InDesign

Creates easier and faster accessible PDF documents,
according to the ISO Standard PDF/UA,
directly from within Adobe InDesign

No need for revision / post-processing in Adobe Acrobat!

Saves simultaneously in PDF/A-2a format for
long-term archiving of accessible PDF documents

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Convert MS Word documents to accessible PDF,
according to the ISO Standard PDF/UA,
with 1 click only!

Saves simultaneously in PDF/A-2a format for
long-term archiving of accessible PDF documents

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Find and fix PDF accessibility issues easily
in a few clicks to comply with PDF/UA!

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    Strict requirements for accessible digital documents

    The Swedish Act on Access to Digital Public Services requires
    all digital documents published on the authorities' web pages
    must be accessible for everyone.

    A digital or electronic media is accessible for everyone when it is
    easily opened, read, understood and can be navigated by everyone,
    with or without disabilities.

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    The aim of a barrier-free PDF document is to ensure that all users,
    regardless of their personal restrictions,
    have equal access to the content without the help of others.

    Barrier-free access and accessible PDF content is all about
    universal design; i.e. accessibility through design.

    Files based on PDF technology must comply with PDF/UA,
    the ISO Standard 14289-1 for
    "universally accessible PDF documents and PDF forms".

    Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are the recognized
    international guidelines for accessible websites.

    Digital documents provided for download from
    government websites are also covered by
    the WCAG recommendations.

    However, WCAG's recommendations alone are not sufficient
    to create a universally accessible PDF document.

    Accessible PDF documents also require,
    in addition to complying with WCAG recommendations,
    compliance with the ISO Standard PDF/UA.

    WCAG and PDF/UA complement each other.
    PDF/UA is a required complement, not an alternative, to WCAG:

    • WCAG only recommends that all information
      on a website must be accessible for everyone.

    • PDF/UA specifies HOW to technically create an accessible PDF;  
      how semantic content such as text content, images,
      form fields, comments, bookmarks and metadata,
      may be used in PDF/UA compliant documents.

    It is both syntactic and semantic requirements that
    must be met by an accessable PDF.

    A PDF document is defined as "accessible PDF" only when it
    meets the ISO Standard PDF/UA with guidelines!

    Only then can assistive technologies, such as screen readers,
    read the content of PDF documents correctly.

    Thus, it is not assistive technologies, nor popular software tools such as
    MS Office, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Acrobat, Apple Keynote,..., etc,
    which defines what is an accessible PDF, but the ISO Standard PDF/UA-1
    and applicable parts of WCAG 2.1 AA recommendations.

This is how you create Accessible PDF according to PDF/UA!

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    NewFormat is happy to help you with accessible PDF according to PDF/UA.

    We provide:

    • software tools you need to create accessible PDFs yourself

    • audit mapping of document resources on your websites/domains

    • accessible PDF as a service on your assignment

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