moderated Re: Reading searchable pdfs with jaws

Rahul Bajaj

Thanks, Sieghard. What solution would you propose in this situation?


On 06/08/2019, Sieghard Weitzel <> wrote:
I assume this may not be a Jaws problem but one of how the PDF document was
created and marked up. For example, there are PDF documents which have
headings and links and I have one which is a manual for a miter saw I have
where the PDF includes several calculators to calculate angles and such but
then again other documents don't have any headings because the creator
didn't set them up this way.

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Rahul Bajaj
Sent: Tuesday, August 6, 2019 9:39 AM
Subject: Reading searchable pdfs with jaws

Hi all,

I use the latest version of jaws 2019 and version no. 2019.012.20035 of
acrobat reader dc. I face 2 issues while using jaws: (a) - in many pdfs, the
content appears like a large wall of text in Acrobat Reader and cannot be
perused in a para-wise form. You can only peruse it line by line or through
say all, both of which are inconvenient. (B): jaws sometimes loses focus,
especially when transitioning from one page to the other.

Have others faced any of these issues and found viable ways to read pdf
documents *as such* in an accessible way. Note: I am cognizant of solutions
like converting them into word, using the OCR feature and viewing them as
html documents. What I would like the answer to, however, is the narrow
question of whether there exists an accessible way to navigate searchable
pdf documents in para-wise form without adopting these roundabout


Rahul Bajaj
Candidate for the BCL
Rhodes Scholar (India and Linacre 2018)
University of Oxford

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