How to Make Accessible PDFs

Begin with an Accessible Source Document

PDF accessibility starts with the creation of a new document. Apply accessibility in the source document and verify that the source document meets accessibility requirements before converting to a PDF.

Determine whether the program (authoring tool) supports the production of an accessible electronic document.

Convert to PDF

MU has a contract with Adobe and recommends using Creative Cloud (includes Acrobat Pro).

Check Accessibility

Once you have converted to a PDF, check the accessibility.

Screen Readers

Automated tools cannot verify all issues and should be combined with manual testing. Testing with a commonly used screen reader can also help you identify problems.

Learn more about Screen Reader Keyboard Shortcuts and Gestures.

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