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Accessible PDFs

Note: It is best to create actual web pages instead of PDFs. If you need assistance, please contact websitefeedback@fordham.edu.

PDFs are a major web accessibility issue. If you content must be in PDF format, it must be accessible. To ensure that your PDF meets accessibility requirements, you will need to use Adobe Acrobat Pro/DC to check.


Making Your PDF Accessible

Adobe Acrobat Pro/DC Action Wizard for Accessibility

  • Select "Tools > Action Wizard"
  • Select "Make Accessible"
  • Select "Start" and follow the prompts.

Adobe Acrobat Pro/DC Manual Check for Accessibility Issues

  • Select "Tools > Accessibility"
  • Select "Full Check" in the new sidebar
  • Select the issues that you would like to have checked
  • Select "Start Checking"
  • Right click on issues to either "Fix", "Explain Rule", or "Check Again"

SensusAccess

  • Go to http://sensusaccess.com/convert-a-file
  • Select "File" as the source
  • Upload your document
  • Select "Accessibility Conversion" as the output
  • Select "pdf - Tagged PDF" (if source is not a PDF) or "pdf - Tagged PDF (text over images)" (if source is a PDF)
  • Provide your email address and submit
  • You will later receive an email with the accessible version of your file as a PDF; the time may vary depending on the volume the site receives

You can use SiteImprove to locate existing PDFs that have accessibility issues. SiteImprove is also able to send out weekly accessibility reports to help you locate other errors. If you would like to receive the accessibility reports or have access to SiteImprove, please contact us at websitefeedback@fordham.edu.