The first step to creating an accessible PDF is to create an accessible document.
Microsoft Word provides an already familiar interface for the creation of documents and versions from Word 2010 also have a built-in accessibility checker option that will assist you in rectifying any identified issues:
File > Info > Check for Issues > Check Accessibility
(Unfortunately, in 2016, this option is not available for Microsoft Word or the Macintosh IOS operating system.)
Microsoft Word has an export function that allows you to easily export your word document to PDF, retaining many of the accessibility features in the process.
Microsoft Word also comes with an excellent step-by-step ‘how to’ guide on ‘Creating accessible Word documents.
To convert your accessible Word documents to PDF visit the site of the UK Government Service Design Manual and follow the guidelines on ‘Creating accessible PDFs’.
All efforts have been made to ensure materials created by the EDU comply with current accessibility guidelines (JISC: Support for learners with disabilities).
If further assistance is required with accessibility matters please contact the student support section in your academic partner UHI: Accessing learner support.
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