Other imperative structural modifications will not be visible in the Tags pane or within the table
itself, but they are crucial in order for AT users to navigate and comprehend data table information.
There are several steps involved to properly structure tables and associate data cells with table
headers. To simplify the process, some step-by-step instructions have been provided in the simple
tables, complex tables and spanned cells sections.
Getting Started with the TouchUp Reading Order Tool
The TURO tool can help get the table structuring process started. Further work will need to be done
in the table editor and/or Tags pane to complete the process.
One of the ways the TURO tool can help is if a table in the document has implicit structure.
Sometimes instead of using proper table structure, tabbing or other kinds of spacing are used to
visually imply a table. Such tables cannot be interpreted by AT users.
An implicit table will most likely be contained in Paragraph (<P>) tags in the Tags pane instead of the
proper Table (<Table>) and associated tags. The TURO tool can get the basic structure inserted into
the tags and mapped to the proper elements so that the object will be recognized as a table by AT.
Navigate to and open the Tools pane.
Locate and expand the options under Accessibility.
Navigate to and activate the TURO tool.
Confirm the TURO dialog appears.
Select the content in the document that needs to have table structure applied.
Navigate to and activate the Table button in the TURO dialog.
Confirm an X appears over the content and the word Table is placed in the upper left
corner of the object.
VA Section 508
Creating Accessible PDFs with Adobe Acrobat XI