However, most of the time people create a document and then convert it into a PDF format. So, the best way to make an accessible PDF is to start with an accessible document.
The main components of an accessible document are document structure and visual design.
Document structure refers to things like headings, tags and content organization. Visual design refers to things like color contrasts, typography and images. Learn more about addressing accessibility in your graphic designs.
How to Make Office Documents Accessible
Microsoft Office software comes with a variety of accessibility tools built in which can help you quickly create accessible files.
However, you should still double-check key elements of the file to make sure the automated features are accurate.
Exporting to PDFs
How to Make an Adobe InDesign File Accessible
Some Adobe Creative Suite software offers built-in accessibility tools, specifically InDesign.
How to Make Old PDFs Accessible
If you don't have the original file, there are ways to add accessible elements to an existing PDF. You can also use these techniques to make a scanned document more accessible. You will need Adobe Acrobat Pro to edit the PDF.
- WebAim Techniques for Accessible PDFs
- Accessibility Tools in Adobe Acrobat Pro
- Top 5 Accessibility Fixes for Your Existing PDF Documents
- How to Determine if a PDF File is a Scanned Document