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Re: Alt text for images in Word 2010 always get lost when "save as PDF" is selected


From: Chagnon | PubCom
Date: Nov 26, 2012 9:10AM

First, the obvious.
1) Make sure the Alt-text is there in MS Word (not "Actual text" by
2) Check the Acrobat conversion settings and check "tagged PDF."

If it still is dropping the Alt-text during the conversion, then you might
have a corrupted/damaged version of Acrobat.
1) Uninstall Acrobat.
2) Reboot the computer.
3) Reinstall Acrobat.

Acrobat can act a bit crazy if your version of Word is updated or changed
AFTER the Acrobat plug-ins have been installed. The best solution I've found
is to remove Acrobat, reboot, and reinstall Acrobat to get everything in
place once again.

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Sent: Monday, November 26, 2012 10:48 AM
To: WebAIM Discussion List
Subject: [WebAIM] Alt text for images in Word 2010 always get lost when
"save as PDF" is selected

Hi gang

Is it just me or has anyone else seen this?
I've been trying to save an accessible PDF document with a bunch of screen
shots. The document is edited in MS Word 2010.
Whenever I try to save the document as PDF the alt text of the images
disappears (I domake sure that "tagged PDF" is selected in the PDF options
in that dialog).
Has anyone else experienced thi, or am I possibly doing something wrong
(scary thought, but it happens occasionally). ;) Be well all, hope you U.S.
folks have gotten over the turkey and you had a great Thanksgiving.
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