PDF Accessibility

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PDFs are a great format to share content with students. Here are some best practices when working with PDFs to make sure they are accessible.

Scanned PDFs

Untagged PDFs

Tags are essentially markers that provide structure to a PDF. Without tags, students using screen readers won’t be able to accurately navigate through the document because there will be no logical reading order.

Converting PowerPoints to PDFs

Step 1: Ensure the PowerPoint is accessible.

For more detail, see Microsoft’s webpage on Accessible PowerPoints

Step 2: Run PowerPoint's Accessibility Checker. 

Step 3: Convert the PowerPoint to PDF and check its accessibility.