Creating Accessible PDFs
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Creating Accessible PDFs

with Chad Chelius

Video: Welcome

Hi, I'm Chad Chelius.
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  1. 5m 33s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      1m 37s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 21s
    4. Platform considerations
      1m 32s
  2. 39m 37s
    1. What is accessibility?
      2m 11s
    2. Understanding the experience for users with visual impairments
      3m 6s
    3. Exploring the JAWS reader
      4m 54s
    4. Discovering if a PDF is currently accessible
      3m 46s
    5. Understanding the workflow
      3m 0s
    6. All PDF files are not created equal
      6m 38s
    7. Taking a tour of an accessible PDF file
      6m 10s
    8. Understanding reading order
      5m 18s
    9. Keep contrast in mind
      2m 45s
    10. Understanding design considerations
      1m 49s
  3. 1h 7m
    1. Creating a PDF using PDFMaker (Windows only)
      5m 57s
    2. Generating a PDF file from Word on a Mac
      3m 18s
    3. Understanding layout considerations
      8m 51s
    4. Adding metadata in Word
      5m 30s
    5. Understanding Word styles
      8m 12s
    6. Understanding outline levels
      5m 40s
    7. Adding bookmarks in Word
      3m 25s
    8. Tagging tables for accessibility in Word
      8m 3s
    9. Adding hyperlinks in Word
      6m 40s
    10. Adding alternative text in Word
      4m 26s
    11. Checking and fine-tuning the PDF after conversion from Word
      7m 30s
  4. 1h 25m
    1. Creating a PDF file from InDesign
      6m 52s
    2. Exploring layout considerations in InDesign
      2m 27s
    3. Adding metadata in InDesign
      4m 2s
    4. Understanding InDesign styles
      6m 0s
    5. Understanding export tagging
      7m 12s
    6. Controlling tag order
      8m 44s
    7. Controlling reading order
      8m 19s
    8. Working with tables in InDesign
      5m 32s
    9. Adding hyperlinks in InDesign
      4m 6s
    10. Creating cross-references
      5m 26s
    11. Adding alternative text in InDesign
      7m 44s
    12. Exploring Object Export options
      6m 43s
    13. Creating bookmarks in InDesign
      7m 39s
    14. Checking and fine-tuning the PDF after conversion from InDesign
      4m 20s
  5. 44m 27s
    1. Understanding PDF remediation in Acrobat
      1m 19s
    2. Adding tags to a document in Acrobat
      7m 29s
    3. Fixing elements using the Content panel
      2m 44s
    4. Artifacting elements
      3m 23s
    5. Tagging tables in Acrobat
      5m 36s
    6. Adjusting document properties
      2m 13s
    7. Adding bookmarks in Acrobat
      4m 34s
    8. Adding alternative text in Acrobat
      2m 55s
    9. Converting a PDF back to a native format
      4m 15s
    10. Checking and fine-tuning the remediated PDF
      5m 59s
    11. Using the Make Accessible Wizard
      4m 0s
  6. 3m 4s
    1. Next steps
      3m 4s

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Watch the Online Video Course Creating Accessible PDFs
4h 5m Intermediate Mar 05, 2014

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Accessibility means making sure your content is available to as many people as possible. When you make your PDFs accessible, it means adding tags, bookmarks, alt text, and other information that makes the files readable to users who are visually or mobility impaired. Using Microsoft Word and Adobe InDesign, it's now much easier to create valid, accessible PDF files. In this course, Chad Chelius explains why accessibility is important and what features an accessible PDF should include, before showing you two workflows for creating accessible PDFs: one in Word and one in InDesign. He also covers making an existing PDF file accessible using tools in Adobe Acrobat.

Topics include:
  • What is accessibility?
  • Understanding the experience of users with visual impairments
  • How to know if a PDF is accessible
  • Creating a PDF with PDFMaker
  • Adding metadata, bookmarks, and links
  • Inserting alternative text
  • Controlling tab and reading order from InDesign
  • Creating cross-references in InDesign
  • Adding tags, bookmarks, and alt text in Acrobat
  • Using the Make Accessible Wizard
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Chad Chelius


Hi, I'm Chad Chelius. And welcome to Creating Accessible PDFs. In this course, we'll learn how to generate accessible PDF files that read correctly for users, using assistive devices, such as screen readers. I'll start by creating a document in Word, using a variety of different techniques that will allow me to finalize that document as a completely accessible PDF file. Next we'll look at a similar process using InDesign. Creating a document in InDesign specifically formatted to be finalized as an accessible PDF.

Finally, we'll take an existing PDF which was not formatted for accessibility and see what it takes to remediate it into a fully accessible document for people with visual and mobility impairments. Accessibility is often overlooked, but creating an accessible PDF is necessary if you want people with visual impairments to be able to use your documents. And it's often a requirement for educational and government institutions. Now let's get started with creating accessible PDFs.

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