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Accessibility Status of State of Kansas Websites. AMP. Accessibility Management Platform Enterprise web accessibility assessment tool Available to all agencies Performs automated testing (and facilitates manual testing) Acquired in 2011, rolled out over 2011–2012. AMP Assessment.

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  • Accessibility Management Platform
  • Enterprise web accessibility assessment tool
  • Available to all agencies
  • Performs automated testing (and facilitates manual testing)
  • Acquired in 2011, rolled out over 2011–2012
assessment sample
Assessment Sample
  • Matches last year’s for direct comparison
  • 63 agency home page domains, as represented in the Agency Contact Listing page of the Communication Directory on the Department of Administration website (with corrections and a few additions)
  • Spidered each site up to 250 pages
  • Automated testing
  • 11,031 pages scanned
    • 11,084 last year
  • 8,041 pages had one or more violations (72.9%)
    • Down from 9,292 pages (83.8%) last year
    • ~11% reduction in pages with violations
agencies and violations
Agencies and Violations
  • Since last year, 70% of agencies have reduced their number of violations.
  • Overall and average numbers of violations dropped 35%, due to an overall elimination of almost 41,000 violations.

For more information about AMP:

  • AMP usage
  • Web content accessibility
  • Portable Document Format
  • Multiplatform standard for electronic document exchange
broadly adopted
Broadly Adopted
  • Reliable, looks the same everywhere (Windows, Mac, Linux, tablet, phone, printer, etc.)
  • Difficult to alter but may be secured, stamped, annotated, redacted, digitally signed and much more
  • Works offline
  • PDF/A files suitable for permanent archival
  • Sturdy, powerful and flexible; essentially “electronic paper”
  • Easy to produce
  • As visual fidelity was the sole original intent of PDF, it has no intrinsic semantics.
  • Anyone can and does make PDF documents and forms, so content production is often beyond web content managers’ control
  • Appearance is unmanaged (no CSS or equivalent)
  • No visibility: even 1,000 page PDF files are “managed” by content management systems as single objects
  • While web pages can easily be fixed or tweaked, changing PDF files usually means returning to the source
accessibility requirements
Accessibility Requirements
  • ITEC Policy 1210, Section 508, and WCAG all apply regardless of the technology, so PDF documents on state websites must be accessible just like HTML.
  • In order for a PDF document to be accessible, it must satisfy many of the same functional requirements as a traditional HTML web page (or any other form of ICT), such as:
    • Alternative text for images
    • Identification of document structure (headings)
    • Programmatically identifiable table relationships
    • Programmatically identifiable labels for form controls
    • Adaptability to multiple modalities
    • Etc.
  • Prevalence of PDF documents on state websites is significant—comparable to HTML!
  • One rough estimate (based on a small sample) suggests about half of the PDFs on state websites are untagged, and about 90% are non-compliant.
authoring accessible pdf
Authoring Accessible PDF
  • PDF accessibility must be addressed both in PDF itself and, in many cases, in the format of the originating document from which the PDF is created (e.g., Word).
  • Unlike HTML, accessible development and remediation of PDF requires additional software tools that are not freely available.
netcentric commonlook
  • NetCentric, with its CommonLook line of products and services, seems to be only major player in PDF accessibility space.
  • CommonLook Trial
    • 23 people on evaluation team, from 12 agencies/organizations
    • Evaluated CommonLook Office and CommonLook PDF
    • 60-day trial
    • 7 webinar meetings with NetCentric personnel
trial outcome
Trial Outcome
  • Overall sentiment was positive
  • Consensus that acquisition for regular use would be desirable
  • All agreed any purchase should be done collectively for volume discount
  • Would like agencies to identify—without commitment—potential users of each product:
    • CommonLook Office, for non-technical content creators using Microsoft Office (specifically, Word and PowerPoint)
    • CommonLook PDF, for more technical users who need to tag existing PDFs using Adobe Acrobat Professional (How many Acrobat licenses?)
  • Estimated numbers of users of each will determine available pricing
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PDF Accessibility

For additional PDF accessibility information:


For questions, comments, etc., please contact:

Cole Robison

Director of IT Accessibility

Office of Information Technology Services

State of Kansas

(785) 291-3016