Lab: Techniques and strategies to check, remediate, and validate PDFs for compliance with the PDF/UA-1 accessibility standard (double session)


Presented at 3:00pm in Virtual D on Thursday, November 12, 2020.



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

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 2-hr
  • Format: Bring-your-own Device Workshop:
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


Learn techniques and strategies to check, remediate, and validate PDFs for compliance with the PDF/UA-1 accessibility standards.


Learn key techniques that will help remediate PDFs, including: • Use Acrobat’s accessibility checker and PAC3 checker to check files • Evaluate tag trees for compliance, understand what passes and what needs remediation • Edit tags • Add tags to an existing PDF • OCR and add tags to scanned PDFs • Check the different reading orders in PDFs • Complete the metadata and document properties • Preflight and validate a PDF with the PDF/UA-1 medallion Class is full of helpful tips and strategies to help you make better decisions, including when to outsource remediation to professionals or send the file back to the author for corrections.


  1. Includes step-by-step instructions of various methods and tools
  2. Reviews software programs for remediating PDFs
  3. Shows how to preflight, validate, and add the PDF/UA-1 medallion to PDFs

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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,, 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.