Create Web Accessible PDF Files
How-to Instructions | Testing PDF Files | Best Practices | Standards
Making Acrobat documents accessible typically requires proper conversion from a native format to tagged PDF followed by manual and semi-automated tagging of the document. Generally, it is best to begin the process of document accessibility in the native format of the document before it is converted to Acrobat format. *
Recommended Resource on How to Create an Accessible PDF:
Instructions from the US Department of Veterans Affairs Section 508 Office
- This website explains and shows through screen shots how-to create the various elements that help make a PDF file accessible. It is a comprehensive and very well done guide on how to create accessible PDFs. We recommend that staff use this guide as one of their main resources for instructions on how to create accessible PDFs:
VA Section 508 Support Office: Creating Accessible PDFs with Adobe Acrobat Professional
- A PDF version of the guide is also available here: VA Section 508 Support Office: Creating Accessible PDFs with Adobe Acrobat XI
How-to Instructions from Adobe Acrobat
How-to Instructions from Microsoft
- Create Accessible PDFs Using Microsoft Office
This page also contains links to training and demo videos.
How-to Instructions from WebAIM
How-to Instructions from the National Center on Disability and Access for Education (NCDAE)
- Creating Accessible PDF Documents in Adobe Acrobat XI | PDF Version
This document also contains a video to show you how-to create an accessible PDF document.
Creating Accessible PDFs from Microsoft Word
- Word 2016 for Windows - Creating Accessible Documents
Testing PDF Files
- From Adobe Acrobat -> Adobe Acrobat XI Pro Accessibility Guide: Best Practices for PDF Accessibility
- From WebAccessibility.com
Please Note: If, after reviewing these tools, you still have questions about the web accessibility procedures, you may contact your Web Content Manager or the SED Help Desk. You may also submit your question to the NYSED Web Accessibility Support Forum.