FW: [App_Acrobat] Add-on to convert PDF to text files
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Gary Walker
> Sent: Friday, January 19, 2001 9:41 AM
> To: Shawn Warren
> Subject: FW: [App_Acrobat] Add-on to convert PDF to text files
> Accessibility Tools for PDF Documents
> Access.adobe.com provides a set of free tools that allow visually disabled
> users to read documents in Adobe PDF format. These tools convert PDF
> documents into either HTML or ASCII text which can then be read by many
> screen reading programs.
> These tools approximate the logical reading order of the text in a PDF
> document and reformat it into a single column of text. This solution
> provides three benefits:
> * Visually disabled users can use familiar applications, screen
> readers and Web browsers.
> * PDF files can be accessible on any platform supporting Web browsers
> and screen readers.
> * Some of the problems screen readers have reading documents with
> complex layouts are overcome.
> These tools work best on documents in English. Documents in European
> languages, such as French or German, should convert fairly well with the
> exception of symbols that cannot be represent by text-based formats, such
> as umlauts. Languages requiring double-byte characters, such as Japanese,
> Chinese, Arabic, Hebrew and Russian, are not supported.
> Following is a brief overview of the accessibility tools available to
> convert PDF documents to other formats. For a more detailed description,
> go to the "Optimizing Adobe PDF Files for Accessibility" white paper.
> Link to download page.