Tagging PDFs for accessibility


Length:Full day
Aimed at: Content authors, Publishers of online documents


The course includes an overview of the PDF issues encountered by assistive technologies, WCAG2 conformance and your legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act.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.
Participants will be required to complete a short PDF training exercise that includes applying some of the main accessibility techniques.


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 Gian’s website, Part 1 and 2.
Participants will also receive six months’ access to OzWiki.

What you should bring

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


Creating accessible Word documents
This course is available online, as part of Accessibility Day or customised to your organisation. See our trainee testimonials.