Not all PDFs are created equal. For example, their are three main types of PDF quality:

    • Image PDFs
    • PDFs with text, but no structure
    • Tagged PDF (the only accessible type)

Accessible PDFs can be created from scratch by

    • Using a tool that supports tagged PDF (e.g., Word)
    • Saving as a tagged PDF

Fix an Accessible PDF by using Adobe Acrobat Pro and following the next set of directions.

Fixing a PDF in Acrobat Pro

  1. Convert to text (if needed)
  2. Add tags to document (if needed)
  3. Touch up reading order, add alt text to images
  4. Check/correct headings and other tags
  5. Create links from URLs (if needed)
  6. Define document language
  7. Run an accessibility check

More on PDF Accessibility

UW IT PDF Accessibility Page

  • Includes workflows for:
    • Making a PDF accessible from scratch
    • Exporting from Word to tagged PDF
    • Repairing an inaccessible PDF using Acrobat Pro
    • Repairing inaccessible PDF forms using Acrobat Pro
    • Creating accessible PDF forms using Acrobat Pro
    • Creating accessible PDF forms using LiveCycle Designer
  • Also includes additional resources