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InDesign Accessibility Creating 508 Compliant PDFs

SS Course: 3000631

Course Overview


In this hands-on, two-day Adobe InDesign Accessibility – Creating 508 Compliant PDFs training course, you will learn how to use InDesign for creating PDF documents for use by people with disabilities. This course will teach you how to format with Master Pages, Paragraph Styles, Character Styles, and Object Styles. This course will cover techniques and strategies for creating InDesign documents that build in Section 508 accessibility, guidelines for writing appropriate Alt-text, and how to apply InDesign export tags for use in Accessible PDF files.


Scheduled Classes

09/05/24 - CTB - TB Virtual Instructor-Led - TB Virtual Instructor-Led (click to enroll)
11/04/24 - CTB - TB Virtual Instructor-Led - TB Virtual Instructor-Led (click to enroll)

What You'll Learn



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1. Overview
Section 508 requirements
WCAG 2.0/2.1 guidelines
What the user experience is like for someone who uses a screen reader like JAWS or NVDA
How to test and remediate a PDF file in Acrobat for accessibility, including:
– Using Acrobat Accessibility Check
– Creating and/or adjusting tags with the Reading Order tool and the Tags panel
– Using the Content and Order panels to diagnose and fix content visibility and reading order problems
– Adding missing accessibility, including alternative text, document language and properties, hyperlinks, and form fields

2. The InDesign-to-Acrobat PDF accessibility workflow
How to prepare InDesign documents for accessibility with features that make PDFs accessible, including:
– Making tables and lists accessible
– Considerations for accessibility when importing text from Microsoft Word
– Examining color use and contrast considerations
– Deciding when to artifact elements
– Controlling artifacting content with styles and master pages
– Understanding document structure and flow in InDesign and in Acrobat
– Working with paragraph styles and mapping them to export tags
– Working in Adobe Bridge to apply file metadata to alternative text
– Anchoring images and objects, and assigning alternative text to images
– Setting object export options
– Creating a table of contents to create PDF bookmarks
– Adding internal navigation by working with bookmarks, cross-references, footnotes, and hyperlinks
– Working with form fields
–Controlling the reading and content order with Layers and the Articles Panel
– Adding required metadata to the InDesign file
– Assigning a document language

3. Configuring Acrobat’s Export settings to maximize accessibility
The process of exporting Adobe InDesign files to PDF files on both a Macintosh and a Windows computer, including:
– Understanding which settings to use for both Print and Interactive PDFs
– Creating an Adobe PDF Preset
– Using InDesign’s Preflight tool
Post-export tasks that need to be done to complete the process of creating an accessible PDF file, including:
– Running an Accessibility Check
– Fixing implicit links and footnotes
– Fixing forms, including remediating a bug in Acrobat that affects usability
– Setting the tab order
– Adding accessibility-friendly document security
– Adding accessibility to tables and fixing complex tables
– Creating bookmarks from structure

Disclaimer: All course objectives and outlines are used as a guideline and are subject to change to ensure the latest information is covered to support real world use of the technology.



Students must have working knowledge of computers and operating systems, as well as using a mouse and keyboard. Students must be able to start Adobe InDesign, use menus and standard commands, and open, save, and close files.

    Who Should Attend

  • Content Creators
  • Writers
  • Editors
  • Desktop Publishers
  • Instructional Systems Designers
  • e-Learning and Web Developers
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