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Alt text for illustrator files

May 13, 2013 5:35 PM

When I add alt text to an eps graphic in Indesign CS5.5, the alt text doesn't appear when I make pdf. It works for jpegs and tiffs but not for any Illustrator files.

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    May 13, 2013 6:03 PM   in reply to Wendeth63

    Save it as an AI file instead of EPS. I just did a test with a placed JPEG and an AI file.


    I used the Object Export Options dialog and set a custom Alt tag for each of the graphics. I exported as PDF (Print) and made sure I turned on Tagged Text.


    Both graphics had Alt text and passed the Full Accessibility Check in Acrobat Pro.

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    May 13, 2013 9:42 PM   in reply to Wendeth63

    I'm also on a Mac so that has nothing to do with it.


    Here the Alt text I applied in InDesign CS6:




    Here's the result in Acrobat Pro:




    And you got that this is an Adobe Illustrator AI file. This is NOT an EPS file. I don't think an EPS can handle it.

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    May 14, 2013 5:53 AM   in reply to Wendeth63

    When I create a button in an interactive PDF and I add a description, that is a "tool tip". It has a dual purpose, as I understand it: It popups up when I roll over an image, and it also acts as Alt text for a screen reader.


    However, I don't think Alt text is expected to popup when you rollover an image. I think it is only read by a screen reader.


    You might ask more in the Standards and Accessibility Acrobat forum:


    Standards & Accessibility (tagged PDF)

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