Adobe Accessibility: PDF Resources

Set the Document Language

  1. Open the Document Properties dialog: Choose File > Properties
  2. Select a language from the Language menu in the Reading Options area of the Advanced tab.
  3. Select the OK button.

Apply Document Properties

  1. Open the Document Properties dialog: Choose File > Properties
  2. Enter a title in Document Title area of the Description tab.
  3. Enter a subject
  4. Enter an author
  5. Enter keywords that may be used to improve the document’s searchability
  6. Select the OK button

Validating Accessibility

In order to establish what fixes are needed, you should complete the following steps:

  • Run the Adobe Accessibility Checker.  This report will pull general errors.  However, it can not establish if the reading order is off on a document.
  • Run through the PDF manually with a screen reader (NVDA on Windows, Voiceover on a Mac).  Manual testing will unearth potentially critical issues with the document.  

Data Tables

If you have tables within a file when it is converted to Adobe PDF, you must re-tag the table structure.  Please see Adobe's Examine and Repair the Tag Structure (Tables) instructions for more details.  

Fixing Reading Order and Tagging

If you find that content is reading out of order when testing on a screen reader, you will need to adjust the general tag structure of the Adobe PDF.  Please see Adobe's Examine and Repair the Tag Structure (Basics) instructions for more details.

Last Updated

Kristina England
November 14, 2018