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Authoring Section 508 Compliant Documents in InDesign

Section 508 Accessibility

1 day: Creating accessible PDFs in InDesign involves integrating features into the final publication, that include a correct document structure, alternative text for images and non-text elements, accurate tagging for headings and lists, a logical reading order, and ensuring compatibility with assistive technologies such as screen readers. InDesign offers a range of tools and functionalities to streamline the creation of accessible PDFs effectively. 

Topics will include:

  • Adobe InDesign workflow adjustments to comply with accessibility standards
  • Formatting considerations when creating layout
  • Organizing content for PDF export in Articles panel
  • Working with threaded frames and anchored objects
  • Working with Story Editor
  • Paragraph styles PDF export mapping
  • Working with lists, tables, footnotes, and hyperlinks
  • Adding alternate text to images and charts, utilizing metadata
  • Setting up Object Styles Export options related to accessibility
  • Creating TOC and bookmarks automatically
  • Tagging objects as artifacts
  • Adding document title, subject, author, keywords
  • Setting a document language
  • Preserving accessibility features when exporting to PDF
  • Overview of PDF accessibility tags and tools in Adobe Acrobat Pro
  • Testing PDF using Acrobat Pro accessibility checker
  • Defining a process for repairs in Acrobat Pro


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