There are many reasons why offering a PDF version of content can be useful to all learners. By including a PDF duplicate of a Rise module or PowerPoint presentation you allow the learner or individual who is consuming the content the freedom of accessing the content in different ways. For example, a PowerPoint presentation often includes audio and visual content. Although this content can help to enrich the leaners engagement with the material, it can also limit the learners engagement with material. For instance, someone who has low vision may need to access the content using a screen reader. Typically navigating a PowerPoint with a screen reader can be challenging as the content on each slide may be presented in an inconsistent or an incorrect order that the content creator intended, which can cause confusion. Whereas if the PowerPoint presentation is exported as a PDF, the content can be delivered in a sequential or linear order, and can have clear syntactic tagging, which helps to indicate the importance of the material being presented. Having an accessible PDF also encourages the use alternative text on images. Using alt-tags not only allows someone with low vision to experience an image, but allows for a unique opportunity for a content creator to add more depth and meaning to why a specific image was included in the content. By including alt-tags, it reminds us to examine the purpose for including visuals in content forces us to question the inclusion of all visuals. Exporting to a PDF also allows for users to access the file at a fraction of the size. This means that users who may have low bandwidth or who may be accessing the content from a cellphone can do so without having to access large file sizes. For video that may be embedded in the PowerPoint or other media, consumers should be able to access that content from a link if they choose.
Below is a detailed step-by-step guide on how to export an interactive Articulate Rise module and convert it into an accessible PDF. Once exported from Articulate Rise, the steps to make the PDF accessible can be applied to any PDF.