[Cancelled] PDF Accessibility – What to do with those pesky tables in your PDF document

Presented at 9:15am in Gov Square 14 (Lab) on Friday, November 19, 2021.



  • Rob Haverty, Senior Program Manager, Accessibility, Adobe

Session Details

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


Complex tables, headless tables, oddly formatted tables. What do you do with these to make them accessible. How do you tag them, should they all be tagged as tables? Come learn some techniques for making tables accessible.


When remediating a PDF with tables there can be a lot of issues to deal with and decisions to make. How do you decide how to make a table accessible and what techniques do you use. When is a table not actually a table. Come learn and practice the techniques you can use to make your tables accessible.


  1. Tables can be hard to understand in the best of circumstances
  2. Screen reader users have preferred lists over tables
  3. Are headless tables actually tables?

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Vision

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Accessible Educational Materials, Uncategorized

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.