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Make pdf documents accessible

Published: 31 March 2021

Adobe Acrobat Pro provides testing tools for checking and correcting the availability of PDF documents.

1. Adobe Acrobat Pro (Acrobat DC Pro) is available for students in all computer labs but also at the University Library.

2. Open Adobe Acrobat Pro.

The accessibilty tool in Adobe Acrobat Pro
The image shows the location of the accessibility tool in Adobe Acrobat Pro

3. Click the Tools tab at the top of the program's tab bar and make sure that the special accessibility tool is accessible in the toolbar by clicking Add.

Accessibility tool toolbar
The illustration shows the accessibility toolbar

4. Open the pdf file to be accessed and unfold the toolbar on the right where you select the accessibility tool.

Accessibility check
The image shows where the tool Accessibility check is on the toolbar

5. Click on "Accessibility check" to scan the document's accessibility.

Checked boxes
The image shows a dialog box where all options must be checked

6. In the dialog that appears, leave all check boxes checked and start scanning.

Accessibility report
The picture shows an accessibility report where the parts that are approved and not approved are shown.

7. A  report is displayed on the left. The fold-out headings are marked in bold where accessibility problems have been encountered.

8. Act on the various issues that appear using the support pages in the menu of this web page.