Join Chad Chelius for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know before watching this course, part of Creating Accessible PDFs (2014).
Let's take just a brief minute to talk about what you should know before watching this course. In this course, we're going to be using a couple of primary applications to create accessible PDF files. For starters, we're going to be using Adobe InDesign. Now, although I'm using InDesign CC, or Creative Cloud, you can also follow along just as easily if you're using CS6 or CS5.5. And it doesn't matter which platform you're using. We're also going to be using Microsoft Word. Now primarily, the videos are going to show Microsoft Word on the Windows platform, because that's the platform that's required to pass information on to an accessible PDF file.
Although the version of Microsoft Word isn't really important, you may find some variances between the version of Microsoft Word that you're using for Windows. If you're using Word for Mac, the videos in this course addresses that situation as well. Finally, because we're creating a PDF file, there is some knowledge of Adobe Acrobat that will be helpful. Now again, I'm using Adobe Acrobat 11. You can also follow along if you're using previous versions, although you may notice some slight differences.
Now keep in mind you don't have to know all of these applications. Take into account the workflow in which you're going to be working. You don't have to use InDesign to create an accessible PDF file, and you don't have to use Word. It really depends on your workflow. So keep these things in mind and enjoy watching Creating Accessible PDFs.
- 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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