1.1 Why do we still supply inaccessible PDFs?

It isn’t possible to create accessible PDFs using LaTeX. Even if a PDF is accessible the mathematical text within it will still be technically inaccessible regardless of how the PDF has been produced but…

  • not all accessibility is about technical access - for some a clear or large print PDF is best
  • currently, clear print is selected most often by disabled students in the Department of Mathematical Sciences
  • PDF remains the best fallback when a student is concerned that a document is not being rendered as the author intended
  • PDF remains the best starting point for creating hard copy resources which is important for some disabled students

Finally, our aim here is to produce choice for all students, disabled or not, and many will still select PDF.