PDF Documents

This page is now marked as archived and is not being updated( March 2013) – Advice and information on making electronic teaching material accessible can be obtained from the LLC,  please find appropriate contact details on the Library Disability Support Pages

Not all PDF documents are the same. They all follow a broad standard, but they differ widely and not all PDFs will be accessible. Techdis also has extensive information on making PDF documents accessible.

Quick Checks in adobe reader

  • Zoom in, does the text pixelate?
    To test this, go to View>Zoom>400%, or hold Ctrl while scrolling the mouse wheel.

    The top line is an image of text, the second line is not

    The top line is an image of text, the second line is not

  • Reflow should rearrange the text so that it is never wider than the screen when zoomed in.
    Find Reflow under; View>Zoom>Reflow

    Reflow on - the window is reasized to make sure the text flows properly.

    Reflow on – the window is reasized to make sure the text flows properly.

  • Does the reader work?
    Find this under View>Read Out Loud, and press ‘Activate Read Out Loud’. After this it should read out lines as you select them, and ‘Read This Page Only’ should read the page without breaks.

    Read-out-loud has to be switched on before the other options become available.

    Read Out Loud has to be activated before the other options become available.

  • Can you change the colours?
    In Edit>Preferences, go to the Accessibility tab. Here you can change the colour of the text and the background.

    Tick 'Replace Document Colours' to access the colour options

    Tick ‘Replace Document Colours’ to access the colour options

    The result should look something like this;

    Here the background is light orange and the text is dark green.

    Here the background is light orange and the text is dark green.

Hands on

The two PDF files below look the same, but one is accessible and one is not. You can use the methods above to see if they are accessible

Digitalvoicerecorder1.pdf

Digitalvoicerecorder2.pdf

 

 

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