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3 Quick and Easy Ways to Tell if a PDF is Accessible

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How to check if a PDF is accessible?

The tricky thing about accessible and inaccessible PDF documents is that they, in most cases, look the same. In other words, they are visually identical. Therefore, it’s almost impossible for most users to tell whether the PDF they are looking at is accessible by looking at their physical view.

We have a detailed article about the differences between accessible and inaccessible PDFs; you can read it here: Accessible versus Inaccessible PDF documents

3 ways to quickly check whether a PDF is accessible

1 – Select the text in the PDF

This is the easiest and most convenient way to check whether a PDF is accessible. If there is text in the PDF, try selecting the text or select all using Edit > Select All from the top menu in Adobe Acrobat.

If instead of the text, the entire page gets selected (this is the most common case), then that is an image file and is, therefore, not accessible.

However, please note that this is a rudimentary method to test accessibility. If a PDF correctly selects text, it doesn’t mean that it is accessible; it can still be an inaccessible PDF.

2 – Check if the PDF document is tagged   
3 – Check the PDF document through CommonLook PDF Validator

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With axesCheck you can quickly and easily check PDF files for accessibility. axesCheck is a web-based version of the PDF Accessibility Checker PAC it will check PDF files to see if they meet the machine-verifiable requirements of PDF/UA (according to the Matterhorn Protocol) and WCAG (A & AA). Additional checks are recommended that only a human can perform - for example, whether the sequence of elements is correct, the tags correspond to the visually recognizable semantics, or alternative texts reflect the meaning of an image.


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