Alternate text can also be added or edited for an image using the TouchUp Reading Order (TURO)
tool. To add or edit the alternate text of an image using the TURO:
Activate the TouchUp Reading Order tool by navigating to View > Tools > Accessibility >
Touch Up Reading Order
In the main document, locate the image that needs alternate text or edits to the
Activate the Context menu of the image and select Edit Alternate Text from the menu.
In the Alternate Text dialog, make the necessary changes or additions.
When finished, locate and activate the OK button.
Repeat steps 1 through 5 as many times as necessary.
Note the changes or additions to the alternate text on the image in the main document.
It may be necessary to view the Object Properties dialog of a tag in the Tags pane to see
the full alternate text for an image.
To see whether an image has alternate text applied or not, select Properties, then on the Context
menu of an image in the Tags tree and review the contents of the Alternate Text edit field. Alternate
text also appears next to an image when the TURO tool is active, or it will say the image has no
For complex images, charts and diagrams that need longer descriptions than alternate text can
provide (255 characters or less), text should be placed in-line, in a footnote or in an appendix to
appropriately describe the image. When a description is provided within a footnote or appendix, a
link should be provided from the image or caption of the image to the description.
Decorative Images and Remnants
Decorative images and drawing remnants should be turned into artifacts to guarantee they do not
interrupt the flow of important information. Sometimes process lines, arrows, borders and other
shapes are not automatically converted as artifacts. These items can be changed into artifacts by
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Creating Accessible PDFs with Adobe Acrobat XI