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Some Tools to Consider Acrobat Pro XI Accessibility Checker Runs on both Windows and MacOs CommonLook PDF plugin For Adobe Acrobat on Windows PDF Accessibility Checker 2 Independently runs on Windows
Faking Your Way Up the PDF a11y Ladder 1.Access Restrictions 2.Default Language 3.Document Title 4.Bookmarks 5.Content Reflow 6.Read Out Loud 7.Semantic Structure 8.Tabbing Order 9.Informational Images 10.Decorative Images 11.Meaningful Hyperlinks 12.Data Tables
Bookmarks Does the PDF contain bookmarks and are they helpful for navigating efficiently to various sections of the document?
Content Reflow When Reflow mode is activated, does all the content reorganize naturally in a single, easy to read column? a11yTip #5 Ensure the reading order of a PDF makes sense when reflowed http://bit.ly/1ikVqXa
Read Out Loud When Read Out Loud is activated, does all the content get read correctly and in the right order?
Semantic Structure Is content organized consistently using semantically and correctly structured tags/markup?
Tabbing Order Can the document be navigated in a predictable order that is consistent with the meaning of the content? a11yTip #8 Create a tabbing order for PDF content that is logical and intuitive http://bit.ly/1o8HcMu
Informational Images Does the text alternative provided for every informational image convey the same meaning or purpose as the image?
Decorative Images Are purely decorative images marked up as artifacts, so screen readers can safely ignore them? a11yTip #10 Turn purely decorative images in PDF documents into artifacts http://bit.ly/1ovRTX1
Meaningful Hyperlinks Is hyperlink text marked up using Link annotations and is the purpose of that text meaningful? a11yTip #11 Provide replacement text for PDF links that are not meaningful http://bit.ly/1l02siv
Data Tables Are the tables marked up properly and are header cells and data cells explicitly associated? a11yTip #12 Use table markup to structure tabular data in PDF documents http://bit.ly/1uRX2Nl