Accessibility

Read PDF content

Adobe® Reader® 7.0 is free software that people can use to read and access the information contained within Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files. To date, Adobe has distributed more than 500 million copies of this software worldwide. There over 20 million PDF files currently on the Web.

How to configure Adobe Reader 7.0 to work with your assistive technology

Adobe Reader 6.0 contains many capabilities specifically designed to make it easier for people with disabilities to read PDF files, regardless of whether the files have been optimized for accessibility. It leverages accessibility functions built into Windows® and Macintosh operating systems, and allows adjustment of user preferences to optimize the reading experience for a variety of disabilities.

Read the how-to guide "Reading PDF Documents with Adobe Reader 7.0: A Guide for People with Disabilities".
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About Adobe Reader 7.0 and accessibility

Using Adobe Reader 7.0, people with disabilities can:

  • Read PDF files and forms aloud using standard Windows and Mac OS X operating systems' text-to-speech synthesis
  • Use advanced, Windows based screen reader products
  • Quickly evaluate the accessibility of an Adobe PDF file
  • Adjust the font size in the Windows navigation panels
  • Zoom in on text and reflow tagged PDF files to fit any size view
  • View documents in high-contrast mode
  • Automatically optimize Acrobat and Reader for use with assistive technology
  • Improve the reading experience of untagged Adobe PDF files
  • Choose alternate reading orders
  • Take advantage of Japanese language support
  • Use keyboard navigation
  • Reflow untagged PDF files
  • Set your preferences so the cursor automatically appears at the beginning of a page
  • Automatically open Adobe PDF files to the last text read
  • Review search results using keyboard navigation
  • Save Adobe PDF content as text (TXT)

How tagged Adobe PDF files improve accessibility

Adobe Reader 7.0 attempts to read all PDF files, whether they have been optimized for accessibility or not. Best results can be achieved, however, if the file has been optimized by adding "tags" to the file. Tags contain information about document structure and substantially increase accessibility. They store information such as header locations, hyperlinks, and alternative text descriptions for graphics. Assistive technology interprets these tags and displays the information on a variety of platforms, from screen readers to refreshable Braille output devices.

Find out how Adobe products make it easy for authors to create and distribute accessible content.

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