This is an overview of the elements that require special consideration when creating accessible PDFs. Please review one of the Additional Resources for detailed instructions on any of the following:
- Know when to use a PDF. When appearance or security is critical. For most cases, HTML or Word is a better choice.
- Use a version no older than Acrobat 5.0 to create PDF documents. Acrobat 5.0 has new features that are critical for the accessibility of PDF documents.
- Tag all documents for easier reading by screen readers and other assistive technologies.
- Make sure security is formatted correctly to allow for assistive devices.
- Provide a text equivalent for any multimedia that includes speech, or music with lyrics.
- Include all important or relevant parts of the document as part of the document structure.
- Follow guidelines for creating accessible documents and images.