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Beyond the Basics of PDF Accessibility - 2018 Update

11:00 am - 12:30 pm EST, January 18, 2018   |   Organized by: International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP)


Date/Time: Thursday, January 18, 2018 from 11:00 am - 12:30 pm (Eastern Time)

Location: Webinar

Description: Information during this webinar will guide you to the resources and techniques to remediate more complex elements of a tagged PDF document.  The key to remediating any PDF document for accessibility is to ensure that the correct Tag for the content visible on the page has been used.

For example, a tagged PDF document containing only <P> or Paragraph Tags does not provide any navigational structure for those of us using adaptive technology such as screen readers or Text-to-Speech tools. Heading Tags or <H1>, <H2> and <H3> Tags must be in sequential order. This provides valuable information to those of us using adaptive technology about the structure of a PDF document. Just as in HTML, we don’t make everything a <H2> Tag because we like the look of it, we must provide hierarchical navigational structure in a PDF document. PDF differs from HTML in that you can have more than one <H1> Tag in a document. Lists and tables also contain important structural information that must be conveyed via tags in PDF.

This session will provide an overview of the most commonly used form controls in PDF documents. You’ll learn how to add the ToolTip for a form control and how to decide which form control to use for a specific question. Often document remediators forget to Tag the PDF form once the form controls have been added. This process and the Adobe hierarchy of tasks will be explained.

Target Audience: Anyone working in the field of accessible document design,  PDF remediation professionals and document authors.

Skill Level: Intermediate


  • Participants will be able to identify several issues that should be addressed in source formats rather than by editing the PDF document directly.

  • Participants will learn the correct structure for lists and tables including available Tags for each.

  • Participants will learn how to create an accessible PDF form using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC.

  • Participants will learn about new features in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC to assist remediators in optimizing PDF documents for accessibility.


  • Cost

    • Per live broadcast webinar pricing: $39 for members$79 for non-members

    • For detailed pricing information and to register please visit the event website.

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Karen McCall, MED

Karen McCall, MED, has worked in the field of PDF creation and remediation for over 15 years. Her book “Accessible and Usable PDF Documents: Techniques for Document Authors" was first published in 2005 with the fourth edition of the book published in 2017. This book led to her series on accessible document design using Microsoft Word and PowerPoint. Karen is a Canadian delegate to the ISO 32000 (PDF) and the ISO 14289 (PDF/UA) committees. She continues to contract for accessible Word, PowerPoint and PDF form remediation. Karen was the original curriculum developer/author of the Adobe Systems certificate training on accessible PDF documents.

Rob Haverty

Rob Haverty is a Senior Product Manager for Document Cloud Accessibility at Adobe. In Rob’s 20 years of accessibility experience he as has been involved in many facets of accessibility including product development, technical evangelism, and policy and standards development. Rob has presented at conferences world-wide and has been involved in international accessibility projects such as the UNESCO Inclusive Classroom Project. Prior to coming to Adobe, Rob was engaged in accessibility work at Microsoft.