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From: Bevi Chagnon
Date: Jul 30, 2011 3:45PM


That's Actual text, not Alt-text.

I'm wondering how screen reader users and their AT handle this feature in
PDFs. I haven't yet seen Actual Text used or read in the real world.

From Adobe's Help for InDesign CS 5.5:

"PDF also supports actual text, in addition to Alt text. Actual text can be
applied to graphic elements that visually look like text. For example, a
scanned TIFF image. Actual text is used to represent words that were
converted to artwork. Actual text is only applicable for tagged PDFs."

My question: if Actual Text attributes are added to text-like graphics in
PDFs, are they automatically read by default by screen readers? Or do AT
users have to manually read them? Do they even know that the attribute is
there for them to read?

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