Before remediating an inaccessible PDF, it’s important to determine the scope of work in order to figure out which remediation methods and/or tools are most appropriate. Consider the following checkpoints:
Does the document employ serif fonts and avoid ALL CAPS (outside of explained acronyms)?
Is the font size 12 pt. font or larger for documents and 18 pt. or larger for presentations?
Are headings, lists, and other structural tools used strategically such that color alone is never used to convey meaning?
Is there appropriate color contrast between foreground and background?
The following are several options for remediating PDFs with noted accessibility issues. As content editors are responsible for the accessibility of any content they make available on their public-facing sites, the IT Accessibility team encourages departments to validate the content to which they link and correlatively reach out to associated site owners or external organizations if or when there are any accessibility issues.
If you have access to the original document, form, or presentation, the IT Accessibility team strongly recommends recreating or repairing in Microsoft Office or Adobe InDesign. This is the most sustainable option in terms of long-term resource management, since any subsequent updates could be made to the original document, and republishing and validating as an accessible PDF would be relatively easy.
If you do not have access to the original document, form, or presentation, and recreation in an accessible authoring platform like Microsoft Office or Adobe InDesign in unfeasible, PDFs may be remediated in either Adobe Acrobat Pro or our new self-service, semi-automated PDF remediation software, Equidox.
Note that PDF forms may only be created and validated for accessibility in Adobe Acrobat Pro.
Employ a Third Party PDF Remediation Service
If there are significant accessibility issues in your document, form, or presentation such that timely, in house recreation is unfeasible, it may be more cost and time effective to hire a third party for this work. There are several PDF accessibility service providers who offer paid accessibility training and remediation services.