10 Steps to Accessible PDF
Making sure that the PDF files you create are accessible to all users should be an important part of your workflow— regardless of what industry you work in.
When I mention the term “accessibility” to most InDesign users, I typically get a blank stare. As designers, we’re visual people and we focus on the appearance of what we create because that’s what we’ve all been taught to do. But appearance isn’t everything. We also need to consider how people with low-vision, blindness, or mobility impairments can consume our content. Those folks often use assistive software commonly referred to as “screen readers” that read content (usually a PDF or website) aloud. In an era where even household appliances can understand and respond to human speech, this may sound simple enough. But unfortunately, not all PDF files are created equal. Having actual live text in the document is a very important factor in making a file readable, but there are several other factors that also come into play.. . . .
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