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creating accessible pdfs with Microsoft Office and Acrobat Pro

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Creating Accessible PDF'S to WCAG 2.0

Creating Accessible PDF Documents from Microsoft Word

Creating Accessible PDF Documents from Microsoft PowerPoint / Excel

Creating Accessible PDF Documents with Adobe InDesign

Creating Accessible PDF Forms with Acrobat DC Pro or LiveCycle Designer ES4

Course AC21A

Creating Accessible PDF Documents from Microsoft Word

Content created by Microsoft Office can be made Accessible when published to Adobe PDF file format. By working with proper development techniques in the authoring applications PDF can by made almost fully Accessible when published from Microsoft Office. The training tailored to making PDF's Accessible as prescribed under the AODA, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and WCAG 2.0.

Required software Adobe Acrobat DC Pro and Microsoft Office Suite 2016 / 2019 / 365

This course is designed to teach users of Adobe Microsoft Office Suite how to create Accessible PDF documents. It is tailored to the Office Suite Version 2016 / 2019 / 365.

Assistive Technology Screen Readers

  • Why PDF and Accessibility
  • What is WCAG 2.0 and PDF?
  • Popular screen reader technologies NVDA, JAWS
  • Types of disabilities
  • Standard PDF tags
  • W3C Techniques for Accessible PDF files

PDF Structure / PDF Tags

  • Understanding document structure and format integrity and why it is important
  • Why is structure important to alternate devices and accessibility?
  • Formatting and laying out an accessible document
  • Adding structure to non structured PDF
  • Choosing the right PDF structure tags
  • From Microsoft source files to PDF
  • Using style properties
  • Properly structured tables and lists
  • Creating alternate text for non-text content
  • Determining the importance of content 

Adobe Acrobat Pro Accessibility Tools

  • Tag Panel – Role Map
  • Reading Order Panel, Touch Up Reading Order Tool
  • Accessibility Tool Panel
  • Accessibility Checker
  • Document title and Language
  • Tab Order and Structure

Designing Microsoft Office Word Files for Conversion to Accessible PDF (using Microsoft accessibility checker)

Microsoft Word

  • Add alternative text to images and objects
  • Specify column header rows in tables
  • Use styles in long documents
  • Use short titles in headings
  • Ensure all heading styles are in the correct order
  • Use hyperlink text that is meaningful
  • Creating table of contents
  • Use simple and complex table structure
  • Avoid using blank cells for formatting
  • Structure layout tables for easy navigation
  • Avoid using repeated blank characters
  • Creating Captions for tables and figures
  • Using footnotes and cross references
  • Avoid using floating objects

Converting Microsoft Word Files to Accessible PDF

  • Working with the PDFMaker
  • Using the Accessibility, Pages, Order, Tags and Bookmarks panels in Adobe Acrobat
  • The Role Map in the Tags Window
  • Touching up the accessibility in Acrobat Pro
  • Table Editor in Acrobat to Fix Word Tables for Row Headers
  • Tagging content in an existing PDF
  • Adding and Editing Tags in Acrobat
  • Creating text alternatives for other non-text content like links
  • Setting the tab order in the PDF document
  • Making table of contents
  • Manual and automatic creation of bookmarks
  • Setting the document Language in Acrobat
  • Setting the Document Title
  • Setting the Tab order of content
  • Setting the PDF page numbers

Repairing Issues in Acrobat Pro

  • Touching up the accessibility in Acrobat Pro
  • Setting the reading order of a document using the Touch up reading Order Tool
  • Setting Accessibility Preferences in Acrobat Pro

Checking PDF's For Accessibility

  • Running a Full Accessibility check in Acrobat Pro
  • Using compliance measurements WCAG 2.0

Fee: Minimum 3 participants, pro-rated after 4 or more

Online or Onsite*: $1,000 US ($1250 CD + HST) per day
Duration: 1 days, 9:30 am - 4:30 pm ET

.*Onsite Fee does not include travel and / or accommodation for instructor.

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If you are interested in this course we offer it as a private onsite / online class for groups of 3 or more.... Complete our Request for Onsite Quotation Form. We will contact you to arrange a class date that is suitable to you; or, email us at info@harperburnham.com to learn more about scheduling options.

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