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Link annotations contents attribute

New Here ,
May 12, 2021 May 12, 2021

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When I do an accessibility check of a PDF file in my Acrobat Pro DC, I get that everything passes (except for the usual check reading order and contrast). However when I run through another checker such as Commonlook Validator I get the message: Link Annotation (it is a email address), doesn't define the contents attribute. How/where do I correct this issue in Acrobat?

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Community Expert , May 18, 2021 May 18, 2021

Link annotations do require a Contents attribute for PDF/UA compliance. It's a bit of a bear to do manually but you can run the Preflight Fix-Up in Acrobat to add this attribute, then go back in and adjust it if desired. The Fix-Up is called "Create Content Entry for Link Annotation".

 

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May 12, 2021 May 12, 2021

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Link Annotations do not have a Contents attribute, as far as I can see in the PDF ISO spec (version 32000-1:2008, section 12.5.6.5). Ask them what they mean by it, exactly. Maybe they got confused with Line annotations...

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May 12, 2021 May 12, 2021

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It comes up when you run a check in Commonlook Validator under Accessibility - WCAG 2.1 AA. It says:

Checkpoint: Guideline 1.1 Provide text alternatives for all non-text content 

Test: Alternative Representation for Links

Results: Warning

Description: Link Annotation doesn't define the contents attribute.

 

The link is an email address for example donna@blahblah.com It does not have an underline underneath it so it just appears as text. I do have an alternate attribute for the link. 

I appreciate your reply. 

 

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May 18, 2021 May 18, 2021

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Link annotations do require a Contents attribute for PDF/UA compliance. It's a bit of a bear to do manually but you can run the Preflight Fix-Up in Acrobat to add this attribute, then go back in and adjust it if desired. The Fix-Up is called "Create Content Entry for Link Annotation".

 

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Jun 11, 2021 Jun 11, 2021

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This worked! Thank you.

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Jul 27, 2021 Jul 27, 2021

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What about for pcs?

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Jul 28, 2021 Jul 28, 2021

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You mean Windows computers? It works exactly the same on both platforms.

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Community Beginner ,
Dec 08, 2021 Dec 08, 2021

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I'm hoping to use this soltion myself, however when I open Pre-Flight I don't see the "Create Content Entry for Link Annotation" as an option. Does anyone know if it can be added? Thanks!

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