Advanced Techniques for PDF Accessibility

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Presented at 9:15am in Standley I Lab on Friday, November 18, 2016.



  • Rob Haverty, Senior Program Manager, Accessibility, Adobe

Session Details

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


Interactive session providing advanced techniques on creating accessible PDF documents


This session is ideal for educators, government employees, the business community, and anyone creating PDF documents.

Experts in PDF accessibility will be guiding attendees through techniques to make your PDF documents accessible. This session is intended to be interactive with directed techniques demonstrated for practice as well as the opportunity for attendees to get their most pressing questions about creating accessible PDF documents answered.

Covered topics will include, but are not limited to, tags, logical reading order, and scanned documents. To get the most out of the sessions participants are encouraged to bring their laptops in order to participate in using the techniques shared.


  1. Understanding PDF Accessibility
  2. Practical Application of Accessibility Techniques for PDF
  3. How to Fix an Inaccessible PDF Document

Disability Areas

Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Administrative/Campus Policy, Alternate Format, Legal, Web/Media/App Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Rob Haverty

Rob Haverty is a Senior Product Manager on the Accessibility team at Adobe primarily focused on Document Cloud. With more than 20 years of accessibility experience Rob as has been involved in many facets of accessibility including product development, technical evangelism, and policy and standards development. Rob has presented at conferences world-wide and has been involved in international accessibility projects such as the UNESCO Inclusive Classroom Project. Prior to coming to Adobe Rob was engaged in accessibility work at Microsoft. Rob has been focused extensively on PDF accessibility during his years at Adobe with the goal of making it easier to create accessible PDF documents frequently providing training on using Acrobat Pro DC to create accessible PDFs.



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