To assist authors who use Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro software to create PDF files that are accessible to people with disabilities, Adobe has created a series of accessibility guides for Acrobat 9 Pro.
PDF accessibility overview
This guide describes what is meant by accessibility when considering PDF as a file format. It distinguishes between the accessibility features of the file format and the accessibility features of the Acrobat 9 and Adobe Reader® applications and how the software and the PDF file interact to achieve accessibility for people with disabilities.
Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Accessibility Guide: PDF Accessibility Overview (PDF, 71K)
Creating accessible PDF from Word
This guide describes how to use Acrobat’s PDFMaker with Microsoft Word to make accessible PDF files. Some of the techniques apply to the Microsoft Office productivity suite as well, such as the PowerPoint presentation graphics program.
The Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Accessibility Guide: Creating Accessible PDF from Microsoft Word (PDF, 941K)
Acrobat 9 Pro PDF accessibility repair workflow
This guide provides a step-by-step method for analyzing existing PDF files and making them accessible based upon that analysis.
Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Accessibility Guide: PDF Accessibility Repair Workflow (PDF, 803K)
Using the accessibility checker in Acrobat 9 Pro
This document describes the accessibility checkers for PDF files that are included in Acrobat 9 Pro. Even if you generate an accessible PDF file from an authoring application, you should still verify the result using an accessibility checker.
Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Accessibility Guide: Using the Accessibility Checker (PDF, 153K)
Creating accessible PDF forms with Acrobat 9 Pro
This guide describes how to use Acrobat 9 Pro to add descriptions to form fields, set the tab order, and perform other accessibility tasks related to PDF forms. These techniques do not apply to PDF forms created with Adobe LiveCycle® Designer.
Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Accessibility Guide: Creating Accessible Forms (PDF, 220K)
Acrobat 9 Pro best practices for accessibility
The complete content of the individual guides is also available as a single, comprehensive document.
Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Accessibility Guide: Best Practices for Accessibility (PDF, 1.3M)
InDesign CS4 best practices for PDF accessibility
This document describes how use Adobe InDesign CS4 with Adobe Acrobat 9 to prepare documents that can be exported to accessible PDF files.
Creating Accessible PDF Documents with InDesign CS4 (PDF, 292K)