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Re: Making older PDFs accessible


From: Donna Anspach
Date: Feb 21, 2019 8:32AM

Hi Laurie,

Adobe just did an accessibility webinar on tables. You can access it here:


Look for Advanced PDF Accessibility Complex Tables. There are other
sessions that may be helpful to you as well.

Hope this helps.

On Wed, Feb 20, 2019 at 11:28 AM Laurie Kamrowski-Lamb < <EMAIL REMOVED> >

> Hi all!
> I'm new to the forum, and I work for a small community college and have
> been tasked with updating all previous PDFs created by the school for
> accessibility. I am working with the table editor in Adobe Acrobat DC Pro
> Continuous Release, on a Windows 10 machine. I am using
> NVDA to check everything.
> The majority of the project is that:
> 1) I can only work with Metadata
> 2) I cannot alter or change anything because these particular PDFs are the
> official meeting minutes of the board of directors
> The biggest problem that I am encountering are multi-level deep complex
> tables (I have an example image if anyone wants to look but wasn't sure
> about attaching it directly to the list serv) that are financial in nature.
> In addition to other things such as power point and 'Statements of
> revenues and expenses', etc..
> So here are my questions:
> 1) How reliable is the accessibility check in Adobe Acrobat? I have been
> having multiple crashes a day when I work with the larger tables.
> 2) Is there a way to manually encode the tables metadata? I am having
> multiple issues where, for an unknown reason, the tables are either
> skipping lines or occupying two or three rows, with no rhyme or reason. Is
> there a different program to be able to encode these tables or is there a
> way to manually encode these?
> Any and all input or advice is more than welcome and appreciated,
> Laurie
> > > > >
Donna Anspach
(970) 227-5308