Accessible Adobe InDesign Layouts to Produce Accessible PDFs and EPUBs


Presented at 10:30am in Standley I Lab on Monday, November 12, 2018.



  • Bevi Chagnon, President and Founding Partner, PubCom—Accessible Design + Publishing

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 5-6-hr
  • Format: Lab
  • Expertise Level: Intermediate
  • Type of session: Pre-conference


Day-long pre-conference hands-on workshop teaches how to construct INDD files that export "graciously" to accessible PDFs with minimal remediation afterwards. We expect new InDesign features in the fall, so this workshop will incorporate them into a doable design workflow.


From start to finish, this hands-on workshop covers each step of the publishing workflow for any type of Adobe InDesign project — books, long documents, academic research, classroom materials, campus/administrative items, public-facing materials. Focus: creating InDesign layouts that convert to accessible PDFs with minimal remediation in Acrobat…that is, PDFs that are nearly 100% accessible right from InDesign with the right tags and correct reading orders. Added discussions: converting accessible InDesign layouts to EPUBs, and developing accessible InDesign templates for recurring publications. Workshop demonstrates the use of the latest versions of Adobe InDesign and Acrobat Pro because they have the latest tools for accessible publications as well as make the most accurate, accessible PDFs and EPUBs. Before the workshop, make sure your laptop is updated with the latest Creative Cloud releases if you'll be using your own laptop at the conference.


  1. Includes checking and testing PDFs for compliance.
  2. Covers how to make InDesign layouts that comply with WCAG and PDF/UA.
  3. Includes step-by-step instructions.

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Alternate Format, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Bevi Chagnon

Bevi Chagnon is half geek, half designer, and 100% teacher. She has several decades of experience in publishing and academia, as well as being an Adobe expert for InDesign and Acrobat, focusing on accessibility for documents.

She also is a US delegate to the ISO committees for PDF standards, including PDF/UA (universal access). And a former contributor to WCAG (and now is a "lurker").

Her firm,, works with government, commercial, and STEM publishers to improve their overall publishing workflow for cross-media publishing and to build accessible features into all their publications and media. She is the senior trainer for her firm which teaches publishing technologies and accessibility, and is the author of the firm’s acclaimed series of step-by-step books for creating accessible publications and digital media.

During her career, Chagnon has been an award-winning commercial magazine art director; adjunct faculty member at several colleges for graphic design, digital media, and computer technologies; managing editor; webmaster and curator; director of publications and outreach; and software beta tester/advisor to many technology companies.

Catch Bevi on Adobe's Community Forums where she's an Adobe Community Professional in the Acrobat, InDesign, and accessibility forums. She's also a frequent contributor to the WebAIM and ATHEN forums.

for handouts and practice files, see