September 25, 2018

What On Earth is Software Architecture? And Why MasterONE is a Game Changer for Accessible Document Production

Jane Black | Business Development and Channel Manager
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It’s undeniable that MasterONE, Crawford Technologies’ accessibility architecture, is a game changer. For document producers MasterONE enables them to take any incoming print stream, whether AFP, PDF, PCL, Metacode, PostScript or Line data, create a single accessibility design template, and drive output to multiple accessible formats, such as Accessible PDF, Accessible HTML, Braille, Large Print and Audio.

But what exactly is MasterONE and why should you care? To understand the importance of MasterONE, you first need to understand the importance of software architecture itself.

Wikipedia defines software architecture as follows:

“Software architecture refers to the high level structures of a software system, the discipline of creating such structures, and system. Each structure comprises software elements, relations among them, and properties of both elements and relations. The architecture of a software system is a metaphor, analogous to the architecture of a building. It functions as a blueprint for the system and the developing project, laying out the tasks necessary to be executed by the design teams.”

Put simply, in order to meet business, operational and technical goals software development starts with defining high level goals and a set of characteristics. It needs, for example, to be scalable, flexible, robust and secure. These characteristics, must then be converted or translated in to a structure around which the software is built – this is its architecture.

MasterONE provides the common backbone to all of CrawfordTech’s accessibility solutions, ensuring they have the flexibility to support multiple channels and the scalability required to drive multiple processes and devices. In practical terms the solutions built around MasterONE enables producers to increase their accessible document production volumes, simplify their processes and substantially reduce their overall costs – and that is a game changer.

For the blind and partially sighted this underlying architecture offers the real possibility that the organizations they do business with, such as banks, insurers, utility companies and government agencies, will be able to deliver all of their documents in an accessible format, giving them the equality of access they have so far been denied - and that is revolutionary.

At CrawfordTech, we believe in making every document an accessible document, and MasterONE has been developed to help organizations achieve that goal.

To talk to us about how CrawfordTech can help you improve and automate your accessible document production contact us at or come and visit us at the M-Enabling Forum Europe in Düsseldorf, Germany on September 27, 2018.