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- What do I need to do to have the Read This Page feature read the form field tool tips?
Sorry, to the best of my knowledge the Acrobat Read Out Loud feature cannot be coaxed into reading form field tips. But you have other options like the PAC 1.3 preview feature and the Callas pdfGoHTML plug in - that let you see the form fields and tips in the context that an assistive technology user would hear them. Or you could use the excellent free screen reader NVDA. Or pay for JAWS.
- And, if the Read This Page features does actually read the form field tool tips, wouldn't it be rather redundant that it reads the tool tip and then it also reads the text label printed on the form?
Yes, form field tips can be repetitive. Accessibility rules can be dogmatic. If a form field is labeled and tagged properly and it would be annoyingly repetitive to include a tip, and if you are not constrained by a must-pass-the-dogmatic-accessibility-checker rule, feel free to use your good judgment regarding when it makes sense to leave out the tip.
- Are certain types of form fields considered 'not accessible?'
My understanding is that XFA-based PDF forms are problematic from an accessibility standpoint. Standard PDF forms should always be made accessible.
Hope this helps.
a 'C' student
Thanks for taking time to answer my questions.
When I asked about certain types of form fields possibly being considered 'not accessible', I meant for example, are drop down lists or radio buttons considered accessible.
All the field types in a standard (i.e. non XFA) PDF form are accessible if - and only if - properly tagged.
Some of the accessibility settings in Acrobat XI are obscure, at least to me.
Do you know where I can find detailed information about accessible PDF documents, forms, tables?
A couple of good resources are the W3C’s Techniques for WCAG 2.0 PDF Accessibility (http://www.w3.org/WAI/GL/WCAG20-TECHS/pdf.html), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ PDF File 508 Checklist (http://www.hhs.gov/web/508/accessiblefiles/checklistpdf.html).