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Getting rid of “double” letters

In at least one PDF, I’ve encountered letters that appear to be comprised of an inner and outer component. Visually, these look like one letter. However, they are tagged as individual letters, and will likely mess up any screen reader. This entry will demonstrate how to remove the double letters so that they can be read by screen readers while preserving the visual elements. This is a tedious process, so if you have a better method, please share it.

  1. In the Content Viewer, select the Page that contains the element that appears to contain double letters.

    Select Page in Content Viewer

    Select Page in Content Viewer

  2. Identify and select the Container element with the double letters.

    Select Container Element

    Select Container Element

  3. Right click the element, and click to create a new Container. Select the Artifact type in the pop-up. The new Artifact Container is created within the double letter Container.
    Create Artifact Container Element

    Create a New Container Element

    Select "Artifact"

    Select "Artifact" as the Container Type

  4. Move the new Artifact Container to just above the double letter Container, for convenience.

    Move the New Artifact Container

    Move the New Artifact Container

  5. Select one instance of each letter in the double letter Container. Drag these elements (either 1 by 1 or as a group) to the new Artifact Container.

    Select and Move Double Letters

    Select and Move Double Letters

  6. Verify that the text is displaying correctly in the Container and in the Associated Tag.

    Verify

    Verify Text

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Dan Burton permalink
    November 29, 2010 1:58 pm

    I just had this problem as well. It was double letters on a pdf I was sent, presumably due to using drop shadows in word when they created the pdf.

    Anyway I couldn’t use you method as I only have Stardard Acrobat and not professional, but I tried something and found a much easier method.

    From acrobat I simply went to print, adobe pdf printer and made a new pdf from the old one. Volla, new pdf has single letters and drop shadows!

    now I can export to word or simply copy and paste with no hasstles.

  2. Carin permalink
    January 26, 2012 7:36 pm

    Just found this entry.

    • Carin permalink
      January 26, 2012 7:40 pm

      find new container in adobe pro x. also wondered if there was a screen reader friendly way

  3. Carin permalink
    January 26, 2012 7:42 pm

    am confounded. am just trying to say I can’t find new container in adobe pro x and wondered if there was a screen reader friendly way to drag and drop since I use one.

  4. LF Bullard permalink
    August 14, 2014 3:49 pm

    If you just want to read a PDF try hitting Select All in Edit When I do that I can read the selected type with no doubling.

  5. LF Bullard permalink
    October 13, 2014 4:20 pm

    All PDFs read “double exposure” since I have windows 8.1 firefox 30. I can’t tell you how to get rid of the problem but I can tell you how to read the document: just “select all” and while the selection in in effect you can read the text as it was meant to be.

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