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Re: Accessible PDF with InDesign


From: Ryan Hemphill
Date: Jan 10, 2012 12:15PM

I am extremely ignorant on these matters, but it occurred to me that you
could put an return at the end of each name. I know it sounds nuts but I
have used this idea to break up 'reading chunks' in web sites. Who knows?
Maybe it will break it up for you too. Let me know if it works, by the
way. I am curious as to which screen readers will respond to it as well.

Another question, are you reading this doc in a browser? If that is a
potential case, it might be worth checking that out as well. Once again,
I'm ignorant on PDF matters, but give it a shot. Couldn't hurt anyway,


On Tue, Jan 10, 2012 at 11:11 AM, Andrew Kirkpatrick < <EMAIL REMOVED> >wrote:

> InDesign CS 5.5 has the major improvements you need to make this easier
> for the InDesign author to get it right. It sounds like you might just
> need the PDF to be tweaked in Acrobat to fix the list issue though. I'd
> need to know more about the tags used in the PDF for this area of the
> document to know for sure...
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> Subject: [WebAIM] Accessible PDF with InDesign
> We have an outside contractor who produces, for us, an annual report - on
> paper and an "Accessible PDF version." She switched to Adobe InDesign CS5
> this year because she was unable to produce an acceptable PDF with QWARK
> Express. Her results with InDesign are better, but not better.
> There is one main problem - there is a list of donors at end, in 3
> columns. They have been decolumnized properly in the PDF, with a screen
> reader, and they look right on the screen, but there is no space between
> names. If you examine them with a screen reader it would look like this,
> Chris AndersonDavid AndrewsJames Brown ...
> The names are taken out of the columns properly, but no space between
> names. The contractor tells me that each one is followed by a return in
> the source. She also tried changing to a space followed by return, but no
> go, the space doesn't appear.
> Any ideas, suggestions, etc.
> Dave