Comparison PDF Testing Tools

Overview

In Fall of 2010, an audit of the PDF files in admissions, financial aid, provost, and chancellors office for accessibility was performed. The results showed almost all the files were non-accessible. The individuals in charge of the PDF files had no knowledge of the techniques to make a PDF file accessible and almost all asked if there were tools available to help. After researching available tools, it was decided to look at how well these tools perform and do the tools alone give accurate reports of the accessibility.

Project Questions

Results

In reality, the automatic checking of the tools in this test are limited. For most of the tests, the tools either could not check for the test or required a manual followup after the test was performed.

Tagging

Test Reader 9 Reader X Pro 9 Pro X EGovMon PAC CL
Contains Tags Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Finds No Tags  Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PDF as image (scanned) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Images

Test Reader 9 Reader X Pro 9 Pro X EGovMon PAC CL
Images: # of images in document No No No No Yes No No
Images: Alt text found Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Headings

Test Reader 9 Reader X Pro 9 Pro X EGovMon PAC CL
Headers (C): # headers in document No No No No No No No
Headers (C): Hierarchy No No Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual
Headers (I): # headers in document No No No No No No No
Headers (I): Hierarchy No No Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual
Blank Header No No Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual
Header Styled as Text No No Manual Manual Manual Manual Manual

Title

Test Reader 9 Reader X Pro 9 Pro X EGovMon PAC CL
Title Shows as Tag No No No No No No Yes
Title Shows in Properties Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No

Lists

Test Reader 9 Reader X Pro 9 Pro X EGovMon PAC CL
# of Lists No No No No No No No
Tagged as List No No Manual Manual No No No
UL v OL No No No No No No No
Children No No Manual Manual No No No

Tables

Test Reader 9 Reader X Pro 9 Pro X EGovMon PAC CL
# of Tables No No No No No No Manual
TH Usage No No Manual Manual No No Manual
Col-Row Spans No No No No No No Manual

Forms

Test Reader 9 Reader X Pro 9 Pro X EGovMon PAC CL
# of Elements No No No No No No Manual
Type of Form Element No No Manual Manual No No Manual
Tooltip Exists No No Manual Manual No No Manual
Tab Order No No Manual Manual No No Manual