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Course AC20

Adobe Acrobat DC:
Creating Accessible PDF'S to WCAG 2.0 and PDF/UA Standards

Training tailored to making PDF's Accessible as prescribed under the AODA, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

Compatible with Acrobat XI

Learn to use the accessibility features of Acrobat Professional so that persons with visual impairments and physical disabilities can get the benefits of PDF technology. Using Acrobat, students will explore the issues relating to the creation of Accessible Adobe Acrobat PDF documents.

Note: This course is also of great interest to those working in the Governments of Canada and Ontario who have to make PDF content accessible under the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) and PDF/UA standards usded by the Government of Canada and Common Look and Feel standards for Adobe PDF and the Ontario Disabilities Act.

Presented by:
David Burnham HBA, M.Pl
ACI, ACE, CTT  Adobe Acrobat

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This class is fully interactive, as you will be able to speak with and hear from the instructor and other students as you work in real time to complete activities within the software.

Course Outline

This course is designed to provide a broad understanding of Adobe Acrobat and Accessible PDF documents.

  • Why PDF and Accessibility
  • What is WCAG 2.0 and PDF / UA?
  • Assistive technologies JAWS, MicroEyes
  • Popular screen reader technologies
  • 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 source files to Accessible PDF
  • Using style properties and style sheets
  • Properly structured tables and lists
  • Creating alternate text for non-text content
  • Determining the importance of content
  • Designing and Authoring documents for accessibility

Adobe Acrobat Pro Accessibility Tools and Techniques

  • Understanding the range of accessibility features in Adobe Acrobat Professional and Adobe Reader
  • Working with preference setting for enhanced viewing of PDF files for persons with visual impairment
  • Using the Pages, Order, Tags and Bookmarks panels in Adobe Acrobat
  • Tag Panel – Role Map
  • Reading Order Panel, Touch Up Reading Order Tool
  • Save as Accessible Text
  • Accessibility Tool Panel – Add tags to document, create form objects
  • Creating "accessible" PDF files from Microsoft Office Suite
  • Making Accessible PDF forms
  • Converting legacy documents to meet accessibility standards
  • Using scanned and paper documents, making them accessible
  • Using the Read Aloud feature
  • Making PDF files Accessible using Accessibility tools and the "Accessibility Checker"
  • Fixing documents to enhance accessibility and work with optimization
  • Manually tagging PDF files to enhance accessibility
  • Table Editor in Acrobat to Fix Row Headers
  • Manually 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
  • Manual and automatic creation of bookmarks
  • Setting the document Language in Acrobat
  • Setting the Document Title
  • Setting the PDF page numbers

Checking PDF's For Accessibility

  • Running a Full Accessibility check
  • Using compliance measurements WCAG 2.0 and PDF / UA


Online: $423.75 CAD ($375 + 48.75 HST appx $325 US)
Prerequisite: AC10 Adobe Acrobat
Duration: 1 day, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm ET

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Our goal is to make sure your class meets your objectives, not ours. Therefore, all of our outlines are treated as guides to help steer the workshop. This outline does not guarantee that all the topics listed will be covered in the time allowed. The amount of material covered is based on the skill level of the student audience. We may change or alter course topics to best suit the classroom situation.

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