This page is an overview of creating accessible PDF documents using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. Accessible PDF documents allow information to be readily available for assistive technology. Screen readers can easily navigate the content when accessibility is considered during the design process. This information will cover using the built-in Action Wizard and Accessibility Checker in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. This tutorial will also highlight basic PDF modifications for accessibility issues including accessibility set up, logical reading order, title, bookmarks, color contrast, images, forms (basic), tables (basic), lists, and headings. This will not only benefit people with disabilities, but overall usability will improve for all users. Accessibility is for everyone.
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- When creating an accessible PDF, always convert from an accessible document (i.e., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, InDesign, Publisher, etc.). This will save you time and limit the number of accessibility edits to make in Adobe Acrobat.
- Always conduct an Accessibility Full Check first when you create a PDF. This tool will help you determine how much accessibility improvements your document needs.
- Review your page to make sure color contrast is clear.
- Consider Readability for content development
- Use a concise document file name that doesn't include spaces
- Make sure all footnotes or references marked as notes and reference tags are placed in proper reading order
- Adobe: Create and Verify PDF Accessibility
- NCDAE: Creating Accessible PDF Documents
- Coblis Color Blindness Simulator
- Simple Tables vs. Complex Tables by Penn State