Making Accessible Tables in Adobe Acrobat

Making your PDF files accessible in Adobe is very similar to making your files accessible using other PDF remediation software. By making sure that the tables you have in your PDF are tagged correctly, you are making your document easier to navigate through and understand for people accessing your document with a screen reader. 


How to run a Full Accessibility Check in Adobe Acrobat

1. Select the Tools tab at the top of your Adobe document. 

A red box surrounds the "Tools" tab in Adobe Acrobat.

2. Find and select the Open button under the Accessibility tool. 

A red arrow points toward the "Open" tool under the Accessibility tool kit in Adobe Acrobat.

3. With the Accessibility Tool open, select the "Accessibility Check" tool. 

A red box surrounds the "Accessibility Check" tool in the Accessibility toolbar in Adobe Acrobat.

4. Once the window opens, select the "Start Checking" button. 

A red arrow points toward the "Start Checking" button in the Accessibility Checker.

5. Once the accessibility check finishes running, your results will appear on the left side of your document. The drop down menu will give you more information about what accessibility issues are in your document. 

A red box surrounds the "Accessibility Checker" title in the Adobe Acrobat Accessibility Checker.



How to edit Table Headers (TH) and Table Data (TD) tags in Adobe Acrobat

1. Select the "Reader Order" tab in the Accessibility toolbar. 

A red arrow points toward the "Reading Order" tool in the Accessibility toolbar.

2. Select the table you want to remediate and then select the Table Editor in the Reading Order window.

A red box surrounds the "Table Editor" button in the Reading Order window in Adobe Acrobat.

3. Select the cells you want edit in your table. Right-click your selected cells and select Table Cell Properties...

Note: TD is 'Tabular Data'. TH is 'Table Header'. 

A red arrow points to the "Table Cell Properties" tool in Adobe Acrobat.

4. Select the cell type you want to label your cells. For this example, we will select the Header Cell button. Select OK. 

A red arrow points to the "header cell" radio button in the Table Cell Properties window in Adobe Acrobat.

5. Your data cells have now changed tags from 'Tabular Data' to 'Table Header'. Repeat as needed to correct any cells that are improperly labeled. 

A table that has the correct header and data tags.


Still need help?

Let us know! We are happy to help make your tables and charts more accessible. 

Madison Ellis, Accessibility Specialist

Amy Cole, Digital Media Manager 


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