Authoring Accessible PDF Documents from MS Office

Sean Keegan

High Tech Center Training Unit for the California Community Colleges

Overview

Definitions

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Why the need?

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PDF Tags

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Creating PDFs from MS Word

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Adding Tags to PDF Documents

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Untagged PDF documents may be usable with assistive computer technology, however, it is not possible to manipulate the reading order until the document becomes tagged. A PDF document created using Distiller would be an example of an untagged document.

 

Evaluating the Reading Order

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It is important to assess the reading order if the document contains a number of text boxes or sidebars as these are not always organized into a logical reading order.

 

Manipulating the Reading Order

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The TouchUp Reading Order tool may also be used to reclassify headings, tables, or images in the document.

 

Resources

Thank you

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