- The PDF format is considered the universal standard for digital documents.
- Screen readers are assistive software programs for people with vision impairments to read the text on the computer screen.
- A screen reader can only read accessible PDFs.
- An accessible PDF contains alt-text and is properly tagged, so screen readers know how the document is structured.
- A PDF reader only allows users to open, view and print the PDF.
- A PDF editor lets users view and modify the content.
- All PDF editors are readers, but not all PDF readers are editors.
What are screen readers? How does reader software work?
Can a screen reader read PDFs?
Difference between PDF reader and PDF editor.
It’s important to note that not all PDFs are created accessible but can be made accessible later. Investing in a PDF remediation tool, such as PREP, can ensure accessibility in your PDF documents. The tool offers comprehensive compliance with specific accessibility standards, including WCAG 2.1 and PDF/UA, and a user-friendly interface that makes it easy for users of all technical levels to navigate.