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From: Chagnon | PubCom
Date: Jul 29, 2013 3:38PM


Although the Touch-Up-Reading-Order tool (TURO) and its Table Editor have
been improved, Table Editor is still the most difficult tool to use in the
Acrobat toolbox. (I'm trying to be diplomatic here!)

After countless years of using it, I have all but given up! Here are my
solutions:

1) Go back to the original source document and fix the table there and
re-export it to PDF. Recent versions of Word + Acrobat XI plug-in, as well
as Adobe InDesign CS6 and CC, tag most tables correctly.

2) Use CommonLook to correct the table.

Would love to hear what solutions others use.

-Bevi Chagnon
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Subject: [WebAIM] disrupting reading order when merging/splitting cells in
PDF table editor

A colleague and I are learning to reapir the accessibility of PDFs. We are
having a consistent problem using the table editor, even after reading the
manual and watching an instructional video on Adobe TV.

When merging or splitting cells in a data table, the new cell always appears
outside the table in the document's reading order.The new cell should be
nested inside the hierarchy of the table tag, but it always appears outside
the table.
We use the mouse to select the borders of the new cell.
What are we doing wrong?

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