The W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) is an organisation in charge of defining Web technology standards. Furthermore, it is the instigator of digital accessibility and has helped to create Web technology standards: WCAG 2.0 (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines). Today, these are considered as a worldwide standard for the design of accessible websites and Web supports. In order to help designers in creating accessible PDF files, a technical note has been prepared in accordance with the WCAG guidelines.

The ISO 14289-1 standard has recognised PDF/UA file accessibility since 2012. This recognition is a major step in the gradual generalisation of accessibility criteria for PDF files in order to guarantee universal access to content. These standards involve, in particular:

  • The structuring of information that reproduces the intuitive reading order of an able-bodied person facilitates the document comprehension by the visually impaired person.
  • Helping the visually impaired to have access to the document’s different graphic elements and to have an adapted voice transcription.
  • Favouring compatibility with the different technical aid devices used by the visually impaired.

The ISO 14289-1 standard based on the WCAG 2.0 is recognized in all countries.

Some countries have set up their own standard or application method for digital content accessibility, on the base of the WCAG 2.0.

Qu’en est-il de la France ?

Les avantages del’accessibilité PDF

En France, le RGAA 3.0 (le Référentiel général d’accessibilité pour les administrations) a pour objet de définir les conditions d’application des critères d’accessibilité des services en ligne de l’État, des collectivités territoriales, et des établissements publics qui en dépendent.

Le RGAA découle de l’obligation d’accessibilité imposée par l’article 47 de la loi du 11 février 2005 pour l’égalité des droits et des chances, la participation et la citoyenneté des personnes en situation de handicap .

What about the countries?

What about the countries?
CountryStandard (based on WCAG 2.0)
AustraliaDisability Discrimination Act Advisory Notes
CanadaStandard of web accessibility
FranceRGAA 3.0
QuébecSQGRI 008
OntarioAODA
United KingdomGDS Service Manual
USASection 508