Technologists for Accessible Design + Publishing
Founded more than 30 years ago by Bevi Chagnon
, PubCom today provides a full suite of services to help your team create and publish.
We help you take advantage of the latest technologies to get your message out to your audience as efficiently and effectively as possible. And fully Sec. 508 accessible, too.
Since the early days of desktop computers, PubCom has worked with the major software manufacturers on the development of the "household name" programs that are on your computer today. Today, many of our employees and associates are certified in Microsoft and Adobe software programs.
(Bevi has been doing this for so long that she likes to say a little bit of her computer DNA is woven into many programs that are on nearly every computer worldwide. That's amazing!)
No matter if you publish via digital media, web, or traditional print — or a combination of these cross-media technologies — we have you covered.
Everything we do is 100% accessible.
We've been doing "accessibility" for a long time.
- PubCom assisted in the development of early prototype screen readers in the mid-1980s.
- In 2001, our Sec. 508 classes for Word, InDesign and PDF were the first offered for the federal government.
We continue our commitment today by volunteering on the ISO committees for international accessibility standards for PDF/UA and PDF.
- PubCom is active in the accessibility community. We partner with accessibility organizations, present at industry conferences, and (of course) teach classes so you can learn to make accessible documents.
- We consult with software manufacturers to ensure you have the tools you need on your desktop.
- Our publishing division, PubCom Media, publishes the best "how-to" books in the industry for creating accessible documents.
Accessibility isn't an afterthought for us, something that's done at the last minute before the message is published.
Instead, we teach how to build in accessibility right from the start to create the most accessible versions of your documents at the least cost to you.
Teaching your staff to fish
Our employees, contract specialists, and strategic partners are the best in the industry, dedicated to sharing their expertize with you.
We like teaching people how to fish. That knowledge will last you a lifetime.
We teach what we do.
In addition to our design, development and Sec. 508 remediation services, we spend a good portion of our time teaching you how to do it through our classes, on-site customized training, consulting, and technical support.
See our short slidedeck about how we help publishers.
Book publishing division
In 2017, we launched our publishing subsidiary, PubCom Media, to publish our self-help DIY books on how to make accessible documents. Our authors are the best brains in the industry. Their books take you step-by-step through the process so that you become self-sufficient in making compliant PDF and MS Office documents, as well as Adobe InDesign layouts. Visit our online bookstore.
Our motto: We want to work ourselves out of a job.
It's true. We want to train and advise you so well that you become fully adept at making accessible documents and don't need us again.
That's our goal.
Good thing we love what we do because with a motto like that, we're not going to retire any time soon!
Drop us a line when you want to fish. Or make accessible documents.
Tell us how we can help.