[Tex/LaTex] Accessibility issues


Currently, I'm generating the following pdf with pdflatex: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2682197/book.pdf

Unfortunately, this document is a bit incompatible with adobe screen reader (for blind people).

This audio recording demonstrates the result of using adobe screen reader with that document: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2682197/speech.mp3

In the recording, it's impossible to hear the chapter or section headers.

Any ideas of how to build a "more accessible" document?

Best Answer

Your PDF doesn't has the right Character Map defined. You can see that when you copy an heading:

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You have the same problem many people have, that you can't copy or search the text in the pdf. There are basically two different things you can use: cmap or \pdfgentounicode. How and when you should use which, is explained here by Heiko. I have found that it resolves all issues I had with copying and now I can even copy most math.

There is also the package mmap, which you can use instead of cmap. More is explained here