Acrobat 9 Pro PDF Accessibility Repair Workflow
Making PDF Accessible with Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro
In the TouchUp Reading Order dialog box, select Show Page Content Order.
In the document pane, drag to select a small portion of content near the boundary of the first region
that you want to create.
Click the Background button in the dialog box. The highlighted region splits into two regions,
numbered from right to left.
If you need to correct the reading order, click Show Order Panel, and drag the new highlighted
region to the correct location in the Order tab.
Drag to select the first content region you created, including the region you defined as Background, and then
set the tag by clicking a button in the TouchUp Reading Order dialog box.
Apply a heading tag
To help readers navigate a document and find the information they need, make sure that headings are tagged
with the appropriate level to indicate their hierarchy in the content.
Select the TouchUp Reading Order tool, and then select the heading text in the PDF.
In the TouchUp Reading Order dialog box, click the button corresponding to the appropriate
heading tag (for example, Heading 1, Heading 2).
Remove page elements from the tag structure
When tagging a PDF, Acrobat can’t always distinguish between instructive figures and decorative page
elements. Items that visually enhance page layout, such as decorative borders, lines, or background elements,
can add clutter to the structure layout and should be removed. Therefore, Acrobat may incorrectly tag
artifacts or page elements as figure tags. You can remove artifacts and irrelevant page elements from the tag
structure by redefining them with the Background tag or by deleting their tags. If a tagged image in the
document doesn’t contain useful or illustrative information for the user, you can remove the element from
the tagging structure so that it isn’t read out loud or reflowed.
Select the TouchUp Reading Order tool.
In the TouchUp Reading Order dialog box, select Show Page Content Order and Show Tables And
Remove the page element by doing one of the following:
In the document pane, select the page element, and then click Background in the dialog box.
In the Order tab, select the page element, and then press Delete.
Apply a figure tag
You can select an element and define it as a figure by using the TouchUp Reading Order tool. Once you
define it as a figure, you can add alternate text to describe the figure.
Using the TouchUp Reading Order tool, select the figure.
In the TouchUp Reading Order dialog box, click Figure.
In the document pane, right-click the region and choose Edit Alternate Text.
Enter alternate text, and click OK.
Using TouchUp Reading Order to Check and Correct Figure Tags
You can use the TouchUp Reading Order tool to identify and correct tagging results for figures. Determine
whether figures include or require alternate text in order to be read correctly with assistive technologies.
Ideally, figure tags should identify image content that is meaningful to the document as a whole, such as
graphs or illustrative photographs. If background elements that shouldn’t be read are tagged as figures,
redefine them as background.
Select the TouchUp Reading Order tool, and then click Show Tables And Figures in the dialog box.