Tips and Tricks for Accessible PDFs

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Presented at 2:15pm in Standley I Lab on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.



  • Rob Haverty, Senior Program Manager, Accessibility, Adobe

Session Details

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


At Adobe we are constantly improving the experience of creating accessible PDFs. However, it remains a sometimes-challenging process. In my time at Adobe and working with our customers I have garnered a lot of information about making PDFs accessible. The goal of this session is to share what I’ve learned to make the process easier for you.


The content of this session will be somewhat fluid depending on the current state of PDF accessibility tools within Acrobat and the needs of the participants. Some of the areas that may be covered include, editing PDFs, forms, scanned documents, and tables. This list is only a snapshot of possible topics to indicate the broad scope of the session. Nothing that involves making PDFs accessible would be considered off-topic. Lab machines will be available, but you can bring your own laptop with the latest version of Acrobat Pro DC (the trial version is fine) and Microsoft Word installed. This is a hands-on, lab style course so come prepared to do some work. There will be little to no lecture, just demos and practice. Participants will receive a USB drive at the beginning of the session with the practice materials.


  1. New features and functionality in Acrobat Pro DC
  2. Streamlining the process for creating accessible PDF
  3. New approaches to creating accessible PDF documents

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Accessible Educational Materials, Alternate Format, 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.


Acrobat Pro DC - Tips 'n Tricks - AHG 2019 EX1 - Basics Demo Doc Ex1 - Basics Demo Doc EX2 - Word Demo Doc with Errors EX3 - Map EX4 - Adding Links EX5a - Scan Basic EX5b - Scan with Logo and Signature EX6 - Form