On Tue, 31 Jul 2001, Gunnar Swanson wrote:
> >that is what was meant by "tagged PDF." Just a guess.
> From Adobe's site:
> "Tagged Adobe PDF Adobe Acrobat 5.0 software introduces tagged Adobe
> PDF, an enhancement to the PDF specification that allows PDF files to
> contain logical document structure. Logical structure refers to the
> organization of a document, such as the title page, chapters,
> sections, and subsections. Tagged Adobe PDF documents can be reflowed
> to fit small-screen devices and offer better support for repurposing
> content. They also are more accessible to the visually impaired."
> It would seem that we are talking PDF + limited mark-up. The impact
> on accessibility is, I assume, some combination of use of readers,
> navigation for sight-impaired, and the ability to reflow PDF type to
> allow for alternate reading formats.
What it means is that XML and XSL tags are applied to the PDF document structure
in version 5 of Acrobat, enabling a document to be published for multiple output
media from a single creative source. For example the same document can be viewed
on various platforms (as is normal now) and on WAP, PDA, etc. However it will
not necessarily look the same since the XML schema allows for a document to
retain its logical structure without being concerned about how it looks. So it
is more WYSIWYM, rather than WYSIWYG.
Therefore the reference to the visually impaired is a sideline reference,
suggesting that a document you have created for your client (who is visually
unimpaired -- I guess) can be repurposed from the point of creation by using the
same XML or XSL tags with different schema -- not so sure about that one though,
whether PDF uses schema or DTD's.
As a comparison, Quark have been doing a lot in the XML application development
scene for a while. And of course both claim to be on the leading edge...
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