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Accessibility – Web Agencies Business Case

For web agencies

RiverDocs Converter™ is a user-friendly desktop application that converts inaccessible PDF/ Word documents into structured, accessible HTML. If you provide web accessibility and usability services for your clients, you can convert PDF, Word and OpenOffice files, check for accessibility issues, edit (WYSIWYG and HTML source) and publish – all in one package.

The software breaks the conversion process into two stages :

Stage 1 (fully automated) uses a powerful analytical conversion engine to strip the content from the presentation and fix as many accessibility issues as possible. The output is (X)HTML 1.0 (Transitional or Strict) and CSS 2.0.

Stage 2 (manual process) involves using the built-in intuitive (X)HTML/CSS editor to address accessibility warnings and make any other desired changes before final publication.


The software has been designed to reduce dramatically the time spent converting PDF/ Word documents to accessible HTML, paying for itself in the conversion of one document.

RiverDocs Converter also enables you to deliver these benefits to your clients:

  • Conformance to W3C standards (WCAG 1.0)
  • Greater compliance with legal and social obligations under Section 508, Publicly Available Specification (PAS 78), Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA 95) and NDA guidelines, as appropriate
  • Improved website usability and search engine recognition
  • Output compatible with PDAs and mobile devices
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