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From: Chagnon | PubCom
Date: Nov 29, 2016 9:17AM


Anne, did you set the tab order in the Thumbnails Panel?

1. Open Thumbnails Panel.
2. Control+A to select all the pages.
3. Options menu (from the Thumbnails Panel)
4. Page Properties (at the bottom of the list)
5. Choose Use Document Structure for the Tab Order.

For reasons I don't yet understand, I have to set this manually in some PDFs in order to correct the error from accessibility checkers and other tools.

--Bevi Chagnon

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-----Original Message-----
From: WebAIM-Forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Anne Godlewski
Sent: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 10:42 AM
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Subject: Re: [WebAIM] Errors with tab order and reading order in forms

Yes, I went to the Tags pane first, and everything there is as it should be. After I correct the reading order to match the structure in the Tags pane, I get the error about tab order being inconsistent with the structure order. Perhaps Acrobat is insisting that the structure order should be different from what it is (and should be).

On Nov 29, 2016, at 9:32 AM, Moore,Michael (Accessibility) (HHSC) wrote:

> You will probably need to reorder the structure tags to match your reading and tab order. This can be done through the tags pane.
>
> Mike Moore
> Accessibility Coordinator
> Texas Health and Human Services Commission Civil Rights Office
> (512) 438-3431 (Office)
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: WebAIM-Forum [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On
> Behalf Of Anne Godlewski
> Sent: Monday, November 28, 2016 5:07 PM
> To: WebAIM Discussion List < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
> Subject: [WebAIM] Errors with tab order and reading order in forms
>
> Hello,
>
> I'm having a significant issue with a particular page of a form.
>
> When I re-order the form fields on this page (page 8) using the Forms tool, my accessibility checker tells me that on several pages, the tab order may be inconsistent with the document structure. When I set the tab order to follow the document structure, I lose about 10 form field tags throughout the document and the reading order on page 8 gets messed up. So I add the form field tags back and leave the tab order according to the document structure, and the accessibility checker says all is well, but I can see that the reading order on page 8 is still completely wrong. If I correct one error, I'm left with the other error.
>
> Is there a solution to this awful cycle?
>
> Thanks,
> Anne
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