ADOBE ACROBAT 6.0
Section Four: Creating Accessible PDF Documents from Untagged PDF Documents
How To Guide
Converting untagged PDF documents to accessible PDF documents
To complete the tasks in this section, you need Acrobat 6.0 Professional or Acrobat 6.0 Standard.
The first step in creating accessible PDF documents from existing PDF documents is to assess the conversion needs
of the existing documents. The process of creating accessible PDF documents has a logical order to the steps, just as
the end document will have a logical structure.
Open the PDF document in Acrobat 6.0 Professional or Acrobat 6.0 Standard and review the following before
tagging the document:
• If the PDF document has form fields, see “Section Six: Creating Accessible Forms” on page 48.
• If the PDF document is a scanned document, see “Section Five: Creating Accessible PDF Documents from
Scanned Documents” on page 36.
• If the PDF document contains text that should be linked, add the active link objects to the text before running the
Add Tags To Document tool. Choose Advanced > Links > Create From URLs In Document. Add alt text for links
after tagging the document. For information on links in PDF documents, see “Creating accessible hyperlinks” on
To add tags to existing PDF documents, do one of the following:
• In Acrobat 6.0 Standard, choose Advanced > Accessibility > Make Accessible.
• In Acrobat 6.0 Professional, choose Advanced > Accessibility > Add Tags To Document.
Adding tags to a PDF document creates a tags tree or logical document structure. Acrobat uses the structure inherent
in a document to create a logical document structure. Acrobat analyzes each page to determine the proper reading
order and tags to apply. For complex page layouts, the resulting tags may require manual editing to achieve the
desired reading order. Many authors and legacy applications may not have added structure as they created
documents. Images and links most likely don’t have alt text, and bookmarks have not been added for navigating PDF