Using the Acrobat XI Pro Accessibility Checker
Adobe® Acrobat® XI Pro Accessibility Guide: Best Practices for PDF Accessibility
Tagged PDF: If this rule check fails, the document is not tagged to specify the correct reading
order for reﬂow and assistive technology. Documents without tags also do not provide
information describing the logical structure and relationship of elements to users of assistive
To ﬁx this item automatically, select Tagged PDF on the Accessibility Checker panel, and then
choose Fix from the Options menu. Acrobat automatically adds tags to the PDF. 周e tags that
were added still must be reviewed to ensure they are correct.
Note: Refer to the related WCAG section: 1.3.1 Info and Relationships, 1.3.2 Meaningful
Sequence, 2.4.1 Bypass Blocks, 2.4.4 Link Purpose, 2.4.5 Multiple Ways, 2.4.6
Headings and labels, 3.1.2 Language of Parts, 4.1.2 Name, role, value
Logical reading order: Verify this rule check manually. Make sure that the reading order
displayed in the Tags panel reﬂects the logical reading order of the document.
Primary language: Se瑴ing the document language in a PDF enables some screen readers to
switch to the appropriate language. 周is check determines whether the primary text language
for the PDF is speciﬁed. If the check fails, set the language.
To set the language automatically, select Primary Language in the Accessibility Checker tab, and
then choose Fix from the Options menu. Choose a language in the Set Reading Language dialog
box, and then click OK. 周is does not set the language for speciﬁc parts of the document that
may be in diﬀerent languages. To set speciﬁc portions of the document in diﬀerent languages
refer to the Adobe Acrobat XI Pro Accessibility Repair Workﬂow guide.
Note: See the related WCAG section: Language of Page (Level A)
Title: Reports whether there is a document title. Document authors can choose to have the title
appear in the Acrobat or Adobe Reader application title bar rather than the document ﬁle name.
To ﬁx the title automatically, select Title in the Accessibility Checker tab, and choose Properties
from the Options menu. Enter the document title in the Description dialog box (deselect Leave
As Is, if necessary).
Note: See the related WCAG section: 2.4 Page Titled (Level A)
Bookmarks: 周is check fails when the document has 21 or more pages, but does not have
bookmarks that parallel the document structure.
To add bookmarks to the document, select Bookmarks on the Accessibility Checker panel, and
choose Fix from the Options menu. In the Structure Elements dialog box, select the element(s)
that you want to use as bookmarks, and click OK (See “Figure 8. Fix missing bookmarks in
Acrobat” on page 15). You can also access the Structure Elements dialog box by clicking the
Options menu on the Bookmark tab.
Note: See the related WCAG sections: 2.4.1 Bypass Blocks (Level A), 2.4.5 Multiple
Ways (Level AA)