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Karl Kaufmann
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Multilingual tagging of accessible PDFs

Apr 16, 2012 7:51 AM

Tags: #pdf #508 #accessibility #section_508 #multilingual

I have a multilingual document (English and Spanish) that needs to be encoded and -508 compliant.

 

So far, all I have done (after searching online), is to edit the Document Properties > Reading Options > Language > to be "en, es"

 

When I run the compatibility checker within Acrobat, it passes OK.

 

Is this all that needs to be done, or does each section of document containing a specific language need to be tagged?

 

Thanks!

 
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    Apr 16, 2012 10:21 AM   in reply to Karl Kaufmann

    or does each section of document containing a specific language need to be tagged?

     

    Yes.

    Note: Set the language to the dominant language (either English or Spanish).

     

    Be well...

     
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    Apr 17, 2012 5:23 PM   in reply to Karl Kaufmann

    Sorry for the delay. An example (simple).

    A structure tree of:


    [Document] - the structure tree root - given language = English
    --| [Article] - let's make this every thing on page 1 & is English text
    ----| [some tag]
    ------| [Container] - content
    ----| [some tag]
    ------| [Container] - content
    --| [Article] - let's make this every thing on page 2 & is Spanish text - Make language = Spanish --this establishes the language for all the subsequent child tags' content.
    ----| [some tag]
    ------| [Container] - content
    ----| [some tag]
    ------| [Container] - content 

     

    n.b., Section 14.9 of ISO 32000-1 provides discussion of the language attribute.

     

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