The MakeAccessible Plug-in creates a tagged Adobe PDF file from an untagged PDF file.
Characteristics of a tagged PDF:
- Page content is contained in a logical read order
- Word boundaries explicitly identified
- Font encodings mapped to standard font encoding
- Includes a structure tree comprised of a standard set of tags
Benefits of a tagged PDF:
- Can be read by a screen reader for greater accessibility
- Document reflow
- Can be saved as Rich Text Format (RTF).
Refer to http://access.adobe.com for additional information about creating accessible Adobe PDF documents.
- Font Encodings: The MakeAccessible Plug-In maps fonts used in the document to a Unicode value. In some cases, a font encoding used within a PDF document does not contain enough information for the MakeAccessible Plug-In to map to a Unicode equivalent.
- Table Recognition: The MakeAccessible Plug-In supports simple table recognition. A simple table would be a table that includes a single line rule around each cell of the table. Tables that do not include complete rules may not be recognized as table content.
- Complex Graphic Recognition: Documents that contain complex graphics (especially vector based graphics) could take a long time to process.
- Complex Regions: Documents such as magazines, marketing collateral, and newspapers contain complex layout. In some instances, the MakeAccessible Plug-In will not be able to ascertain the appropriate logical read order of a complex layout.
- Layer Order: Layers of objects within a complex PDF may be rearranged in a different stacking order, resulting in a tagged Adobe PDF that does not look identical to the original PDF.
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Acrobat 5 for Windows
This plug-in runs under Microsoft Windows 95 OSR 2.0, Windows 98, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows NT 4.0 with SP 5 or SP 6, or Windows 2000. Each system should have at least 64 MB (128 MB recommended) of RAM per processor, 200 MB of virtual memory, and 870 K of disk space available.
After downloading a ".exe" file in Windows, double-click on the ".exe" file to access the file's contents.
Need help with downloading? See our Downloading Help documents.
To install the MakeAccessible Plug-in:
1. Close all applications.
2. Download the Plug-in to your local drive.
3. Double click the file "MakeAccessiblePlugIn.exe".
4. Proceed through the MakeAccessible Plug-In Installer dialog boxes.
5. Launch Acrobat 5.
6. Locate the new Make Accessible option under Document pull-down.
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