The Paciello Group and Riverdocs Announce Accessibility Services for Legacy PDF Documents

Posted on Monday, 28 September 2009 by Steve Faulkner

Nashua, NH – Sep. 28, 2009 – The Paciello Group (TPG), pioneers in the field of accessible interface design, and Riverdocs, a leading document conversion solutions provider, today announced a partnership that will provide the ability to take existing PDF documents and deliver structured, accessible HTML content in conformance with existing governmental guidelines. These guidelines include adhering to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Version 2 (WCAG 2.0), the DDA and Section 508 requirements.

“In today’s diverse environment, the Internet is becoming the pre-eminent location for people with disabilities to find information and to transact business,” stated Mike Paciello, founder and CEO of The Paciello Group. “It is vitally important for businesses and governmental agencies to take all appropriate steps to ensure their documents are accessible to all people. Now, with this partnership, document owners can utilize our services to swiftly convert those PDFs to structured, accessible HTML web pages.”

Many people with disabilities find the levels of accessibility on websites and within online documents frustrating and unacceptable, and one of the most prevalent online document types is the PDF format. Very few PDF documents worldwide have been enhanced or correctly structured for accessibility. This new service extends to companies and agencies with tens of thousands of legacy PDF documents in their archives, and delivers these accessible web pages in a matter of weeks.

“The Paciello Group’s position in the accessibility market as a recognized leader makes them a logical choice for Riverdocs,” stated Peter Acton, commercial director at Riverdocs. “We are thrilled to partner with them, delivering structured, accessible documents to clients worldwide.”

The unique ability to deliver a high volume of documents so quickly provides clients with immediate solutions to what has been a huge accessibility issue. Together, The Paciello Group and Riverdocs will ensure the highest level of accessibility services to clients worldwide.

Document accessibility solutions are available now for both public and private sectors. For more information or a free consultation, visit: Paciello Group Solutions.

Contact:

Brian Landrigan
The Paciello Group
blandrigan@paciellogroup.com
+1 603-882-4122

About Riverdocs

Based in Dublin, Ireland, RiverDocs provides solutions that enable organizations to quickly and simply convert documents intended for print, such as PDF or Word, into structured, accessible HTML documents. The company’s semi-automated end-to-end process offers the most cost effective, high quality, solution available. Web accessibility legislation around the world is putting growing pressure on both the Public and Private sectors to convert inaccessible PDF documents, and there is a growing desire among these organizations for more usable websites. Automating the conversion and delivery of content, combined with the services of staff highly skilled in delivering and testing accessibility enables Riverdocs to deliver a high quality service at a low cost. For more information, visit the Riverdocs web site.

About The Paciello Group

The Paciello Group is passionately dedicated to helping government agencies, technology vendors, e-commerce corporations, and educational institutions make their technology equally accessible to all people, including those with disabilities. The company, based in Nashua, NH, offers professional consulting, technology solutions, and monthly monitoring services to ensure that clients reach all audiences effectively and efficiently while meeting governmental and international standards. For more information, visit the Paciello Group web site.

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About Steve Faulkner

Steve is the Senior Web Accessibility Consultant and Technical Director, TPG Europe. He joined The Paciello Group in 2006 and was previously a Senior Web Accessibility Consultant at Vision Australia. He is the creator and lead developer of the Web Accessibility Toolbar accessibility testing tool. Steve is a member of several groups, including the W3C HTML Working Group and the W3C Protocols and Formats Working Group. He is an editor of several specifications at the W3C including HTML 5.1, Using WAI-ARIA in HTML and HTML5: Techniques for providing useful text alternatives. He also develops and maintains HTML5accessibility

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