Accessible InDesign + PDF: Refresher!

Scheduled at 2:15pm in Standley II Lab on Wednesday, November 20.

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Speaker(s)

  • Bevi Chagnon, President and Founding Partner, PubCom—Publishing Communications

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 2-hr
  • Format: Lab
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference

Summary

Discover what’s new in Adobe InDesign 2020. This short session focuses on the best construction techniques and methods to create better, more accurately-tagged PDFs that require little remediation. Ways to control the reading order, tags, Alt-text, and other accessibility requirements. Also covers how to review the exported PDF for compliance.

Abstract

Discover what’s new in Adobe InDesign 2020. Learn better ways to create compliant, accessible PDFs.

This short session focuses on the best construction techniques and methods to create better, more accurately-tagged PDFs that require little remediation.

Topics: — Ways to control the reading order and tags. — Adding Alt-text. — Anchoring text boxes, sidebars, graphics into the reading order. — How to review the exported PDF for compliance.

We'll focus on improving the InDesign-to-PDF workflow, making it faster and easier to achieve a fully compliant PDF.

Keypoints

  1. Make accessible PDFs from InDesign layouts.
  2. Minimize the need to remediate PDFs from InDesign
  3. Improve campus communications.

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Accessible Educational Materials, Other, Uncategorized

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).

Her firm, PubCom.com, 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.