CP 5 – Create accessible PDFs
Why is this important?
A lot of work has gone into creating your accessible documents. When exporting your documents to PDF you need to follow a specific workflow to ensure that the attributes you have set to achieve good accessibility are passed through to the PDF.
Editing PDFs is a lot trickier than editing Office documents, so it is always best to do your editing in Word or PowerPoint then export as a PDF.
If you do not follow this process your PDFs will not inherit the accessibility features of your Office documents and users will struggle to navigate and read them.
How to create a PDF version of an Office document
- Under the “File” menu, choose “Save As…”;
- Under “File Format” choose “PDF” and, if you are exporting from Word, ensure “Best for electronic distribution and accessibility” is selected (this option is not available for PowerPoint documents.)
How NOT to create a PDF version of an Office document
- Another way to save Office files as PDFs is to choose “Print” from the “File” menu, then “Save as PDF” – if you do this none of the accessibility features, such as heading structures and Alt Text will retained. Never export your PDF documents in this way or all your hard work will be undone!
How to create a PDF version of an InDesign file
- Copy to be supplied.
An example of good practice
A document that has been exported using the correct method reported the following under an accessibility check:
An example of bad practice
The same document, exported using the incorrect method reported the following under an accessibility check:
References for this section
- 1.1.1 Non-text Content (A)
- 1.3.1 Info and Relationships (A)
- 2.4.2 Page Titled (A)
- 3.1.1 Language of Page (A)
- 3.1.2 Language of Parts (AA)
EN 301 549 v 2.1.2
- 126.96.36.199 Non-text Content
- 188.8.131.52 Info and Relationships
- 184.108.40.206 Page Titled
- 220.127.116.11 Language of Page
- 18.104.22.168 Language of Parts