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Re: Screen readable PDF forms


From: Jonathan Whiting
Date: Oct 24, 2014 9:19AM

Assuming that you're using Acrobat and not LiveCycle (which is my guess
since you're starting in Word), this might be the result of a bug in
Acrobat. It does not typically tag forms correctly, even when using the
"Make Accessible" wizard or the "Add Tags to Form Fields" option.

If you run an accessibility check in Acrobat, does "tagged form fields"
pass or fail? If it fails (and you know they should be tagged), take a look
at section 3 of our WebAIM article on forms in Acrobat (

Jonathan Whiting

On Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 8:56 AM, Weissenberger, Todd M <
<EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> We're rebuilding a series of PDF forms for some departments on campus, and
> I'm about at the end of my rope.
> We have a matrix of radio buttons that will not remain in the correct
> reading order no matter what I do. It's laid out on top of a table
> (originally developed in MSWord). JAWS and NVDA render my tooltips only
> some of the time.
> Anyone have a rock-solid method for creating complex forms in PDF (other
> formats are not an option, thanks) that read sequentially, and can tolerate
> a minor revision without falling completely apart?
> Thanks,
> Todd
> > > >