How to Make Accessible InDesign and PDF Documents
November 24, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 3:30 pm EST
This hands-on training course is designed to address ‘why’ and ‘how to’ create an Accessible PDF document using Adobe InDesign and Adobe Acrobat Professional.
This one-day workshop is for Graphic Designers, Production Artist, Marketing personnel who use Adobe InDesign to create PDF documents for website content. Intermediate skill level using Adobe InDesign and Acrobat is suggested.
“Accessibility Services Canada’s workshop “Adobe Indesign Accessible PDFs” was fantastic. The facilitator’s training style was very enjoyable, giving practical exercises and useful tricks that will help us achieve accessibility on a variety of documents. I will strongly recommend this workshop to graphic designers and other creative minds who are searching for better ways to make accessible documents and visual communications.” Monika Villoza, Spaenaur
Overview of content
- How best to design and format documents for accessibility
- How to save time and energy on repetitive tasks in InDesign
- What print design behaviours need to be changed- the do’s and don’ts of NEW accessible design
- Understanding document structure and format integrity and why it is now so important
- Understanding the process and complexities involved when producing a document for accessibility
- Reviewing important layout and design principles and practices that affect accessible PDFs
- How to ensure compliance with the AODA
Using Adobe InDesign
- Creating a custom accessibility workspace
- Proper text layout and formatting for tagged text
- Overview of paragraph and character styles
- Mapping export tags to text
- Comparing InDesign export options vs Adobe PDF presets
- Dealing with graphic elements and complicated diagrams
- Adding Alternate text to images and diagrams
- Anchoring content within the text frames
- Overview of table construction
- Applying table header tag settings
- Preparing Master Page items for conversion to PDF
- Adding a Table Summary
- Review of ordered and unordered lists
- Creating accessible Bookmarks and Hyperlinks
- Creating a Table of Contents
- Adding required Metadata within InDesign
- Review and application of Export Option Panel settings
- Advantages of using Paragraph Rules or Paragraph Shading
- Controlling tag and reading order
- Applying a language setting within InDesign
Using Adobe Acrobat
- Using the Tags, Order and Bookmarks panels in Adobe Acrobat
- Adding metadata and editing tags in Acrobat
- Manually and automatically creating Bookmarks in Acrobat
- Creating Automated Bookmarks from Document Structure in Acrobat
- Setting the document Language and preferences in Acrobat
- Testing PDF files for accessibility issues using a PDF checker
NOTE: These are not complete lists of topics – other areas will be discussed, as generated by participants.
Each student must bring a Windows or MAC laptop with the following:
- Adobe Acrobat 11 or DC Professional (NOT the Acrobat Reader)
- Adobe InDesign CS6 or CC 2017
- A USB key will be used to transfer class files to laptops – ensure this can be done on your laptop.
- Computer Mouse
- Power cord
Intermediate knowledge and experience using Adobe InDesign CS6 or higher, and Adobe Acrobat DC is recommended.
INCLUDED IN THE WORKSHOP:
Although using the techniques in this course should help assist in creating accessible PDF documents, it does not guarantee accessibility to any specific disability group. It is recommended that you test the documents you create with end users who have disabilities as well as accessibility assisting devices to determine complete accessibility.
Accommodations available upon request.