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Does axesPDF replace axesWord?

No. The tools are for different steps in the PDF accessibility workflow:

  • axesWord - The first step in the workflow, for authoring documents and converting them to PDFs.
  • axesPDF - The quality assurance step in the workflow, for evaluating the PDF and remediating any issues.

Other important differences:

  • axesWord is only for the "Word Workflow" - axesWord can create PDFs that fully conform with PDF/UA.  You can use axesPDF to evaluate the generated PDF, but the free PDF accessibility checker  (PAC) should be enough.
  • axesPDF - A tool for all accessible PDFs (and workflows), but especially for accessible PDF documents created with Adobe InDesign or Acrobat.