Setting the document language in a PDF enables some screen readers to switch to the appropriate language. The document language can be set for an entire document with Acrobat Pro or Acrobat Standard. The document language for specific portions of a multi-language document can be set only with Acrobat Pro (See “Figure 10. Setting the document language”).

 

Set the Language for an Entire Document
  1. Open the Document Properties dialog: Choose File > Properties
  2. Select a language from the Language menu in the Reading Options area of the Advanced tab.
  3. Activate the OK button.

 

Set the Language for an Entire Document to a Language not in the Language Menu
  1. Open the Document Properties dialog: Choose File > Properties
  2. Enter the ISO 639 code for the language in the Language field in the Reading Options area of the Advanced tab. For more information, refer to the ISO Language Codes on http://www.loc.gov/standards.
  3. Activate the OK button

 

Set the Language for an Entire Document to a Language not in the Language Menu
Figure 10. Setting the document language
 
Set the Language for Individual Sections or Words

Please refer to Section 7: Examine and Repair the Tag Structure (Advanced) for information on setting the language of specific text using the Tags panels.

Proceed to Step 6: Add Tags to an Untagged Document.