Also- there’s an option when I save this way to make the PDF “ISO compliant (PDF/A)” Does this mean anything? Questions: what is. [email protected] In the menu that opens, select: ISO compliant (PDF/A). Click “OK”. From the “Save as type:” menu, pull down “PDF”. Creating a PDF file ISO Compliant (PDF/A). I am saving a excel spreadsheet and a word document and I am offered the choice of doing a ISO

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Then, I am using Acrobat to do the final-stage accessibility edits. There 19005- a number of ways to save the file as a PDF, and I’m curious about what the differences are.

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I can save the word doc using the “Acrobat” ribbon- the button “Create PDF” and also xompliant around with “Preferences” when doing so. So I’ve been doing the following:. Doing this converts my file to a PDF a lot quicker than 1 or 2. From what I can tell, it does a fine job- carries over alt text, tags, etc.

How well-formed it is depends on how diligently built-in headings and styles were used. In the Options dialog, select “Document structure tags for accessibilty” don’t forget to provide the Word file with meta data in its Document Properties and to select “Document Properties” in the Options dialog.


If you want to view the PDF upon creation, select “Open file after publishing”. Click the Publish button.

Output PDF will be tagged. Process has improved since its initial release. You would have to run a statistically valid sample of the same Word files through each to see which has a run-time you like AND provides a structure tree that requires minimal post-processing.

Although less post-processing may not compljant a ‘good thing’ if the few activities you have to do are gnarly. Questions — comploant of output that needs more post-processing with Acrobat Pro may not be a good thing.

I’d do two or three of the same Word files each way. For each, walk the tree with ‘Highlight’ selected. If checking with AT, use the most recent release. Old stuff any of it from any software house is not going to be able to properly “QC” something processed to current standards.

After this, throw the chicken bones to decide. I think method 3 works best for this document since it is so large and complex.

Understanding the PDF/A Format

From what I can tell, Adobe picks up the tag structure fine and I have made sure to use Word styles, add alt text in Word doc, etc- as much formatting as I can do in “pre process” so not too much end-work in Adobe- just retagging some artifacts compliqnt.


Interesting how there are so many options, though- I wonder why? Acrobat offers basically 2 options: Tags compliqnt format information and such for various option, but are also a major cause of bloat in PDFs. I think this was the 3rd method you described. It does not always create clean PDFs remember MS always things their way is the standard, even if they do not write the standard.

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You can not post a blank message. Please type your message and try again. So I’ve been doing the following: And why is 3 so much faster?! I have the same question Show 0 Likes 0. This content has been marked as final. The third method, does not use Acrobat at all, it uses Office’s native pdf creation ability.

Thanks Dave, Michael- Much clearer.

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