Accessible PDFs from Acrobat


This course covers all aspects of tagging and otherwise editing PDFs to make them fully accessible, using Acrobat Professional, and optionally, advanced editing tools such as axesPDF QuickFix. Having completed the course, you should be able to tag, finish and test an untagged PDF from scratch, or edit, finish and test a PDF created in InDesign or Word

Core topics

  • Document structure
  • Understanding reading order
  • How to write appropriate alt text
  • Optimising infographics and other complex images for dyslexic and other print disabled users
  • Tables: from simple to complex
  • 10 must-know linking techniques
  • Navigation: tables of contents, bookmarks and page numbering
  • Footnotes and endnotes
  • Scanned documents
  • Document management 
  • Issues with browser plug-ins 
  • Benchmarking against relevant standards (WCAG 2.1, PDF/UA)
  • Testing with (and understanding the limitations of) automated “accessibility checkers”
  • Testing with multiple assistive technologies

Optional topics

  • Introduction to scripting to solve accessibility problems
  • Dealing with mathematical expressions
  • Using axesPDF QuickFix


  • Audience: web editors, managers and publishers, graphic designers, academics, libraries and anyone needing to make PDFs fully accessible
  • Participants: we recommend a maximum of 6
  • Duration: 1 day (can be longer if optional topics are covered)
  • Prerequisites: none

Course materials

Course materials include an illustrated, printed and bound course manual (typically 100 pages), and various handouts, “cheat sheets” and links to free tools and other online resources.

Terms and conditions

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Client testimonials

Anybody wishing to know more about accessible PDFs should look no further.

David Barrett, BT Senior Inclusion and Accessibility Manager

Ted delivered fantastic PDF accessibility training that was engaging, knowledgeable and easy to follow.

Pete Modral, Senior Digital and Marketing Manager at Equality and Human Rights Commission