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Re: Screen readable PDF forms


From: Jonathan Whiting
Date: Oct 25, 2014 3:39PM

Radio buttons are a bit tricky. There are three properties that need to be
just right:

-The value in the “Name” field needs to match for all the radio buttons in
the group. This groups the options together and is not read by the screen
-“Tooltip” should usually be the same for each option in the group of radio
buttons. It is kind of like the <legend> in an HTML <fieldset>. This is
unique to radio buttons--Tooltip it is used as a unique ‘label’ for all
other types of form fields.
-In the “Options” tab, there is a “Radio button Choice” field. The text in
this field will be read as well, kind of like an HTML <label>.

If these are all correct, then the correct information should be read by

Jonathan Whiting


On Fri, Oct 24, 2014 at 1:39 PM, Weissenberger, Todd M <
<EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> Jonathan Whiting, thanks for the pointer. I completed the steps as
> outlined on the WebAIM site.
> So, and anyone feel free to chime in, should JAWS read these tooltips?
> Because NVDA reads them all, but JAWS reads nothing when a checkbox gets
> focus.
> Ack.
> Todd
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jonathan Whiting [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ]
> Sent: Friday, October 24, 2014 10:19 AM
> To: WebAIM Discussion List
> Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Screen readable PDF forms
> 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 (
> http://webaim.org/techniques/acrobat/forms#tags).
> Jonathan Whiting
> WebAIM
> 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
> > > > > > list messages to <EMAIL REMOVED>
> >
> > > >