Pros and cons of PDFs

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. During the month, the Digital Accessibility Working Group, which focuses on digital accessibility initiatives, will be sending out weekly messages to promote awareness.

Did you know?

Adobe Acrobat has an Accessibility Wizard that takes you through the steps to make a PDF accessible. Not only does it tell you about possible accessibility issues, but it also walks you through fixing them!


There are many advantages to the PDF file format:

  • PDFs are easily opened on any device.
  • The layout and formatting is consistent across all devices.
  • They are ideal for printing.


There are also a few disadvantages to using PDFs:

  • The files can be difficult to edit.
  • They are typically letter sized, which can make it difficult to see a full page at a time and can require more scrolling and zooming.
  • PDFs tend to be less engaging than other web content.
  • They are not always accessible to screen readers.

What can you do?

“The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect.” -- Tim Berners-Lee

Published: Oct 8, 2021 1:02pm