Adobe® FrameMaker® software is a powerful authoring and publishing solution for technical communicators and an essential upgrade for existing FrameMaker users who want to author and publish technical documentation in multiple languages. The FrameMaker application is accessible to people with disabilities and it is also able to make accessible documents in PDF and FrameMaker formats. Find out more about using FrameMaker to create accessible content.




Adobe FrameMaker software provides a number of features that improve access for visually impaired users.


  • Provides support for high-contrast viewing for users with low visual acuity.
  • Creates tagged Adobe PDF files when converting FrameMaker files to tagged PDF, making it easier for people who use screen reader software to navigate a document in the proper reading order. For information on how to turn your FrameMaker documents into tagged Adobe PDF files, see Tagged PDF.
  • Supports assistive technology, such as screen reader software for the Windows® platform.


Other FrameMaker features that improve access for people with disabilities include:

Display a high-contrast workspace


FrameMaker uses system colors to draw window backgrounds, text, and other graphics. Users who have trouble discerning colors or variations in contrast, or who have low visual acuity, can set high-contrast color schemes and custom text and background colors. This setting makes the information in the user interface easier to view.

  1. Open the Windows Control Panel, double-click Accessibility Options, and select the Display tab.
  2. Change contrast globally or change the color theme, as follows:
    1. To change the appearance of all editable interface elements at once, select the Use High Contrast option.
    2. To change the color theme, click Settings and select one of the High Contrast Appearance Scheme options.
  3. Click Apply.

FrameMaker adjusts colors of such interface items as tool bars, title bars, menus, scroll bars, dialog boxes, panels, rulers, grids, and icons in window borders.

Note: FrameMaker does not adjust colors of all items. Some of these include the background color, the fill color of graphic object, and the fonts used in the title bar in some panels, such as Equations.

Support for the On-Screen Keyboard


On the Windows operating system lauch the on-screen keyboard.

  1. From the Start menu, select Programs > Accessories > Accessibility > On-Screen Keyboard.
  2. Click OK. You can then start using the onscreen keyboard.

Note: The On-Screen Keyboard provides a minimum level of functionality for mobility-impaired users. Mobility-impaired users will need a utility program with higher functionality for daily use.


Support for Screen Readers


Screen readers let visually impaired users interact with the computer by interpreting what is happening on the screen and sending that information to speech-synthesis devices. The screen reader will follow the logical structure of the document. Screen readers can read FrameMaker documents viewed in FrameMaker, or tagged PDF documents viewed in Adobe Acrobat® or Acrobat Reader®. Refer to your screen reader documentation for information on installation and use with documents viewed in FrameMaker or Acrobat.