Microsoft took to its Power BI blog today to announce forthcoming support for PDF/UA, the ISO standard for accessible PDF, in its core SQL Server 2019 Reporting Services product.
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Accessibility requirements continue to grow, not only in the public sector, but also for many more large-scale businesses, including customers of Microsoft’s broadly-adopted SQL server products. PDF/UA is a critical element in ensuring PDF files meet the highest standards for accessibility.
Some wonder how a reporting engine might be used when accessibility requires human validation to ensure accessible results. With a reporting engine designed to accommodate accessibility needs in PDF output, users can perform all necessary validation in the template development phase. Once output from templates has been rigorously tested for accessibility the server can generate large volumes of fully accessible output documents in a completely automated fashion.
Microsoft’s SQL server application is not the first enterprise-class report generator to support PDF/UA, but it is one of the most visible.
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