PDF being a primary format on GOV.UK is finally over

PDF being a primary format on GOV.UK is finally over

The battle to persuade organisations to ditch PDFs


According to Danny Bluestone, CEO of UX-driven digital transformation agency Cyber-Duck. The persuasion of GOV.UK to abandon PDFs, which are a bit difficult to access compared to HTML or open document equivalents, has been going on for long. Thour PDFs can be produce in large numbers, easy to upload and have long been seen as a shortcut to digital publishing. But they’re hard – sometimes impossible – for some to read. As Neil Williams, then-head of GOV.UK, wrote in 2018, “PDFs can often be bad for accessibility and rarely comply with open standards.” Williams highlighted several problems with PDFs, including:

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