OU Libraries Guidelines for Accessible PDF creation

Compiled from “Making PDF files accessible: guidelines for the DTP creation phase” by Atalan on AcceDe (www.accede.info/en/manuals)

Text and general structure

Avoid content which straddles two pages

Do not delete space characters between words for visual effect or forced line break

Keep accents on capital letters

Do not manually hyphenate a word at the end of a line

Do not use superimposed text for shadow effects

Explain abbreviations, acronyms, and initials

Pictures and graphics

Do not convey information just with colors

Do not insert text which conveys information as images


Use typefaces which enable the extraction of characters in text format.

Data tables

Create data tables with the DTP software’s table functionality.

Always enter a character in the empty cells of a table