Included in every Adobe® LiveCycle® ES installation and working in conjunction with Adobe LiveCycle Workbench ES software, Adobe LiveCycle Designer ES software provides robust and intuitive tools for creating accessible interactive forms or personalized document templates.
LiveCycle Designer ES includes a number of features and capabilities that enhance the usability of forms for users with a range of disabilities and that assist form authors in creating forms that are more accessible to people with disabilities. The templates created by LiveCycle Designer ES can be dynamically rendered as accessible interactive forms in PDF, HTML, and SWF using Adobe LiveCycle ES components.
LiveCycle Designer ES provides an Accessibility command under the Window menu item. This command displays or hides the LiveCycle Designer ES Accessibility palette.
The LiveCycle Designer ES Accessibility palette is used to specify custom text for an object that a screen reader reads as it passes through the form. If custom screen reader text is available for the object, the screen reader will read the custom text and not the tool tip.
You can also change the default order in which the screen reader searches for text to read on an object-by-object basis, and you can turn off screen reader text for any object.
Support for screen readers
LiveCycle Designer ES includes a number of options that support screen readers. For each field object in a form, you can specify one of several settings for screen reader text: The settings determine the information that screen readers read for objects on PDF forms. Only one setting is spoken for each object.
When the form is saved as tagged PDF, LiveCycle Designer ES searches the form for these settings. The default search order is custom text, tool tip, caption, and name. You can override this default order by using the Screen Reader Precedence option in the Accessibility palette.
Adding structural navigation in forms
With LiveCycle Designer ES, you can provide users with the ability to have the screen reader navigate a form by the headings. You provide this ability by placing text objects at the beginning of different sections in a form and then using the Accessibility palette to specify the Heading or Heading Level role for each text object.
When the user presses the H key in the JAWS screen reader, the screen reader moves from the current object to the next text object that is marked with the Heading role in the form, and that text object is then spoken. When the user presses keys 1 through 6, the screen reader moves from the current object to the next text object that is marked with that Heading Level role. For example, pressing 2 moves the screen reader to the next text object that is marked with the Heading Level 2 role.
Tabbing order for accessible forms
LiveCycle Designer ES allows form authors to specify a meaningful tabbing order. Setting a meaningful tabbing order is very important when designing forms that are meant to be accessible to users with vision impairments or who are mobility impaired. These users do not typically use a mouse to navigate through a form, so they depend on keyboard access. A logical tabbing order sequence helps ensure access to all fields and objects on the form, permitting navigation that is sensible and efficient. Screen readers and other assistive technology use the tabbing order.
Accessible form properties
The Form Properties dialog box for LiveCycle Designer ES allows designers to specify the embedding of accessibility information within files that are saved in PDF.
Accessibility of imported content
When importing a tagged PDF file (an accessible PDF file), the accessibility information of the page contents is preserved.
Accessibility for authors
LiveCycle Designer ES is compatible with assistive technology and has an extensive set of keyboard shortcuts. It applies the platform accessibility settings. Users with severe visual disabilities and certain mobility impairments will find it difficult or will be unable to use some LiveCycle Designer object drawing and placement features.
Creating forms that comply with applicable standards
Proper use of the accessible authoring features in LiveCycle Designer ES allows authors to design forms that comply with government accessibility requirements for online forms, including Section 508 and World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) WCAG 1.0 Level AA guidelines.
For information about how LiveCycle Designer ES enables government agencies to comply with the provisions of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, refer to the LiveCycle Designer ES Voluntary Product Accessibility Template.
For more information about Adobe LiveCycle ES and accessibility at Adobe, visit the LiveCycle ES product page and the Adobe Accessibility Resource Center.