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Adobe Acrobat Ninja

By : Urszula Witherell
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Adobe Acrobat Ninja

By: Urszula Witherell

Overview of this book

Adobe Acrobat can help you solve a wide variety of problems that crop up when you work with PDF documents on a daily basis. The most common file type for business and communication, this compact portable document format is widely used to collect as well as present information, as well as being equipped with many lesser-known features that can keep your content secure while making it easy to share. From archive features that will keep your documents available for years to come to features related to accessibility, organizing, annotating, editing, and whatever else you use PDFs for, Acrobat has the answer if you know where to look. Designed for professionals who likely already use Adobe Acrobat Pro, this guide introduces many ideas, features, and online services, sorted and organized for you to easily find the topics relevant to your work and requirements. You can jump to any chapter without sifting through prior pages to explore the tools and functions explained through step-by-step instructions and examples. The information in some chapters may build on existing knowledge, but you are not expected to have an advanced level of prior experience. By the end of this book, you’ll have gained a solid understanding of the many capabilities of PDFs and how Acrobat makes it possible to work in a way that you will never miss good old ink and paper.
Table of Contents (16 chapters)

Introduction to accessibility tags

Accessibility of information for readers with physical impairments was recognized as a necessary function of Acrobat in its 1.4 version released in 2001. It followed the addition of Section 508 to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). A lot has changed since then, including awareness and support from the business community and government guidelines and laws.

It has been a challenging road for the PDF format since it began its existence as an image, a means to preserve visual integrity with an emphasis on visuals. Unlike content presented through browsers based on text code, .pdf pages must be described so that speech synthesizers used by readers with a visual impairment can read the content. To address this challenge, PDF accessibility tags were created, allowing us to build the text-based structure of a publication.

We will discuss the process of adding accessibility to a .pdf file in greater detail in Chapter 5, Remediation for Accessibility...