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Making PDF Files Accessible

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Don't forget about making sure that PDF files are accessible too! Be sure to create accessible (tagged) PDF files.

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Accessibility Information & Tips

  • Update old PDF documents created before Acrobat 5 as they are unlikely to be accessible.
  • Avoid PDF documents that are just scanned images of text. Instead, use OCR (optical character recognition) technology to convert scanned text to actual text.
  • Accessible PDF documents contain real text and are tagged and marked up for accessibility.
  • When creating new PDF documents, keep in mind accessibility issues.
  • In Microsoft Word, make sure the "Document structure tags for accessibility" option is checked when publishing a PDF.

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