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Hints and Tips (things I’ve learned the hard way)

  • There is no Undo when it comes to working with PDF tags, which really stinks, so you need to remember to save…save…save.
  • If you forget to save and or saved after a mistake, don’t panic (like I did at first and thought I had to start over). You can extract a page from the original PDF (Document >Extract Pages > fill out page(s) you want to extract) tag it properly and then insert it into the document at the proper place(Document >Insert Pages > fill out where you want to insert page(s)). After you’ve made sure it was inserted, delete the incorrectly tagged page (Document >Delete Pages > fill out page(s) you want to delete).
  • Sometimes when you move content reading order or even when you tag content the text disappears. This is because there is some sort of hidden element behind which the text is hiding. Sometimes by moving it in the reading order panel you can make the text visible again, but often you cannot. This is a reason you should save as you go along, otherwise you’ll have to close the file without saving and will need to re-do a lot of work, depending on the last time you saved.
  • Even though it makes the process take more time, it is sometimes a good idea to check for accessibility after each page is finished. I like to check page 1, then pages 1 – 2, then pages 1 – 3, etc, because sometimes the report claims that items are inaccessible but does not tell you which page they are on. If you check each page at a time, then you can narrow down where the problem is.
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  1. Michael permalink
    March 11, 2014 2:55 am

    Hi Dona

    Just wanted to comment on your 3rd point. I also have this issue occasionally but I have found this usually happens when the item that disappears is at the bottom of the reading order. If you move that item back to its original position it should reappear. A work around that I have found for this (all be it annoying) is to individually drag each element sitting above the item in the reading order you want shifted up below it on after the other. This can take some time, especially on something like an interactive form but it is the only work around I have found.

    • March 15, 2014 7:20 pm

      Michael — thanks for the tip. Yes, that can work. Actually I no longer use the reading order panel at all because it causes untold horrors with the tags, but use the content panel instead. I should probably change that in the post. I’ve learned a lot since I began this blog.

  2. Ismail Kazi permalink
    June 23, 2014 9:20 am

    Hi Dona, I am facing similar issue where text gets over lapped by shading (i have gray color shading in my table) when I tag it. Then I have to get this text in front using “Arrage –>> Bring to Front” option and retag. Once I use this option then text don’t get disapprea. This is a very time consuming and not safe method. could you please suggest something better?

    • June 24, 2014 12:57 pm

      Hi Ismail — This is a problem with tables that have shading. If possible, don’t use the shading. Otherwise you can move some elements around in the content pane. The shading will probably be called “Path” in the content pane. If you move that above your text you should be able to see the text. I didn’t know there was an arrange —> bring to front option in Acrobat. I’ve always thought there should be.

      • Ismail Kazi permalink
        June 24, 2014 6:10 pm

        Thanks Donna. I will try it. Unfortunately no shading in table is not an option, so table will always have shading. Apart from moving path is there any other option?

    • June 24, 2014 6:13 pm

      Not as far as I know, Ismail. Moving items in the content pane usually works for me.

  3. Ann Marie Davis permalink
    September 11, 2015 3:29 pm

    Have you ever had an element jump to an entirely different spot on the page? I was adding a figure tag for a picture in the top right corner of the slide. I highlighted it, but as soon as I selected the figure tag, it moved the entire thing to the bottom left of the slide. I’ve ever seen anything like it before. Tried closing without saving and redoing, but it does it every time. Is there a solution?

    • September 11, 2015 4:16 pm

      Hi Ann — yes, if I am understanding you right, that has happened and it is very annoying to say the least. I cannot remember what I have done to fix it, but it is probably fixable by going into the content panel and messing with the image there. Good luck!

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