Join Chad Chelius for an in-depth discussion in this video Platform considerations, part of Creating Accessible PDFs (2014).
In this course, there's a couple of things that you're going to want to consider depending on the platform, or the operating system, that you're using. So, first and foremost, in this course, we're using two different applications, Adobe InDesign and Microsoft Word. With Adobe InDesign, the Mac and Windows versions are identical, there's nothing unique you have to do between one platform or another, they're essentially identical. With Microsoft Word, however, the properties that we apply inside of Microsoft Word, such as hyperlinks and styles and outline levels, are primarily the same.
The creation of the PDF, however, is totally different. Tags and other elements are not included when we export to a PDF file from Windows on a Mac. So, what are your choices? Well, your first choice is to generate the PDF on a Windows computer. Now, I know that's not an option for everyone. So, if you're on the Mac platform, you can create the PDF on a Mac and then remediate the document inside of Adobe Acrobat. So, as you're watching this course, keep the platform that you're using in mind and where things are unique from one platform to the next.
I mention them within the video but, also keep that in mind as you're watching this course because some things are possible on one platform and not on another. Either way, the result is that you can remediate a PDF file, regardless of which platform you're using.
- 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
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Understanding Accessibility
2. Generating an Accessible PDF from Word
3. Generating an Accessible PDF from InDesign
4. Making an Existing PDF File Accessible
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