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Understanding Document Tag Structure

Date & Time
Wednesday, March 16, 2022 - 3:20 PM PST  
Platinum 6 (LIVESTREAM)  
Many people get into document remediation without a firm understanding of tag structure and what individual tags mean. They rely on source programs to export the tags correctly and then hope they can clear any errors they get without really understanding why or what these tags mean. My goal for this session is to cover the basic structure of the tags tree. We will talk about container tags such as Article, Section, Part, and Div. We will review typically nested tags like TOC and List tags. We will review figure, chart, formula, and caption tags, along with some best practices for a clean tags tree. We will talk about the difference between placement values like Block and inline. We will cover how differences in the tags affect how a screen reader voices the content. Attendees will gain a well-rounded understanding of the most common tags and why we use them the way we do.  
  • Higher Education
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Media & Publishing
  • Marketing
  • Administration & Business Support
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Session Summary (Abstract)
Learn basic and nested tag structures of a PDF document and what it means to have a well-formed tags tree. Explore how differences in tag structure affect how screen readers voice content. Leave this session empowered with the knowledge and understanding to tackle your next PDF confidently.  
Session Type
General Track  
  • Blind/Low Vision
  • Digital Accessibility
  • Information & Communications Technology (ICT)


  • Dax Castro

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