I’m looking for some best practice or workflow ideas for creating accessible pdf documents from InDesign, particularly for situations where existing client-approved, print-ready artwork needs to become an accessible or tagged pdf.
Because of the nature of the print-ready files - a worst case scenario would be a long document containing non-anchored images, lots of decorative pull quotes, non-threaded breakout boxes, faked tables, no style sheets, a Table of Contents built through cut and pasted headings - the safer approach seems to be to duplicate the final print artwork and amend this second piece of artwork as required until it passes the Acrobat XI accessibility check, rather than adding accessibility to the approved print-ready artwork.
This process means there are two InDesign files - the as-untouched file that went to print plus the duplicate accessibile version that is exported to PDF and passes the Acrobat XI check.
If the client asks for a reprint, then the untouched file would be sent to the printers. However if changes come in from the client for the reprint, it means carrying out amends to two sets of files.
Now that I’m using CS6, my thinking is to use the content collector tool to create the duplicate version to accessibilise, so in the event of any amends I will only have to update the master print doc. But I’m not sure if this is the best approach?
Any insights would be appreciated.