Accessible PDF Forms from Adobe InDesign



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

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 3-hr
  • Format: Lab
  • Expertise Level: Intermediate
  • Type of session: Pre-conference


Learn to make accessible forms with Adobe InDesign's excellent tools. If you know the basics of accessible layouts from InDesign, this hands-on lab expands your skills for making accessible well-designed PDF forms quickly and efficiently. InDesign is a powerful tool for creating forms that need little remediation in Acrobat and are editable.


Advanced workshop for those who already know the basics of making accessible documents from Adobe InDesign, the world's leading desktop publishing software. This hands-on lab expands your skills for designing forms. Learn to make PDF forms that are nearly 100% accessible right from InDesign that are correctly tagged and with the correct reading orders for forms. They'll need minimal, if any, remediation afterwards and be ready for scripting by your programmers (if needed). With the most recent version of InDesign, you can now make highly-designed, complex forms faster and more accurately than ever before. Added discussions: Shortcuts and tips for building forms quickly; Design concepts to improve your forms for all users; strategies that maximize accessibility. Workshop demonstrates the use of the latest versions of Adobe InDesign and Acrobat Pro because they have the latest tools for accessible forms. Before the workshop, update your laptop with the latest versions of InDesign.


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

Disability Areas

All Areas

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). 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.