ADOBE ACROBAT 6.0
Section Eight: Manipulating Tagged PDF Structural Elements
How To Guide
Note: When you delete an element, the element and all of its children are removed from the tags tree. The associated page
content is not deleted from the document, but it does become unmarked content.
Changing element types
In some cases, the structure element may be the wrong type. You can change an element type so that it better reflects
a logical structure.
To change the element type:
1 In the tags tree, select the element you want to change.
2 Choose Edit > Properties.
3 In the Type text box, type a new element type.
4 Click OK.
An authoring application, Tag PDF Agent, or the Make Accessible plug-in may mark content as an artifact even
though the content is important and needs to be made available for screen reading devices.
It is also possible that unimportant or distracting information is marked as a structural element and, therefore, you
want to change it to an artifact so that a screen reader won’t attempt to read it. An example of unimportant infor-
mation might be a decorative sidebar with text.
Using the tags tree in the Tags tab, you can find and fix improperly marked artifacts.
To find artifacts:
1 Choose View > Navigation Tabs > Tags, or click the Tags tab in the Navigation pane to open the Tags tab.
2 Choose Find from the Options menu on the Tags tab.
3 From the menu in the Find Element dialog box, select Artifacts. The radio buttons allow you to search either the
current page or the entire document.
4 Click Find. When an artifact is found, it is highlighted in the document view, and the type of artifact is displayed.
5 Click Find Next to find more artifacts, or click Close to end the search.
In some instances, content may have been mistakenly identified as an artifact. In these instances, you need to change
artifacts into elements that assistive technology can access.
To change an artifact to an element:
1 Search the document for artifacts.
2 After the desired artifact is found, select the tag item in the tags tree that the artifact should follow.
3 Click Tag Element. The new element tag appears as a child of the selected element in the tags tree.
Sometimes when you tag a document for accessibility, decorative items (such as sidebars containing images and text)
are mistaken for content that is necessary for the understanding and comprehension of the document.
To change an element into an artifact:
1 In the tags tree, select the content that appears below the Tag and the tag title.