Tagging PDFs for accessibility


Length:1 day
Aimed at: Content authors and publishers of online documents


Session 1: Overview

An overview of the PDF issues encountered by assistive technologies, WCAG2 conformance and your legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act.

Session 2 – PDF accessibility techniques in Acrobat

Existing or older PDFs often need to be tagged manually, so this session will cover techniques including:
  • Editing and correcting the reading order
  • Adding, deleting and editing tags
  • Adding, deleting and editing bookmarks
  • Tagging images
  • Tagging tables
  • Modifying text
  • Tagging bulleted lists
  • Tagging links
  • Thumbnails
  • Using the Accessibility Checker to test the accessibility of your PDF.

Session 3: Accreditation training exercise

Participants will be required to complete a short PDF training exercise that includes applying some of the main accessibility techniques from session 2.


Each participant will receive:
  • Course training manual;
  • PDFs and Accessibility factsheet by Office for Disability (written by Gian Wild);
  • PDFs and Accessibility eGovernment Accessibility Toolkit (written by Gian Wild);
  • Creating accessible PDFs eGovernment Accessibility Toolkit (written by Gian Wild);
  • The problem with the concept of accessible PDFs blog posts from www.gianwild.com.au, Part 1 and 2.

What you should bring

Optional: Participants are welcome to bring a PDF to practice techniques on.


Creating accessible Word documents
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