Nested Alternate Text — Link in a table cell

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Mar 12, 2019 Mar 12, 2019

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I have a document with table cells that have links to other document sections. The file passes PAC 3 checks, but fails the Acrobat check with Nested Alternate Text. Is there a way to keep the link (would be very useful to readers in this large document) and pass the checker?

This is an example table cell. Section 3.2.1 is a hyperlink to the section with alternate text noting the section name.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 13, 2019 Mar 13, 2019

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Your use of <Link> and <Link - OBJR> in a table <TD> cell is valid. I believe the Acrobat checker is in error here.

I hope an Adobe accessibility engineer will chime in on this post, but in the meantime, I'd ignore the error in Acrobat checker and go with the PAC3 report.

I encourage you to log this as a bug at https://acrobat.uservoice.com/   so that the programming team can address it.

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Mar 13, 2019 Mar 13, 2019

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Thank you for the link—I have posted to that log.

I didn't see why this would be flagged by the checker for that reason, but thought I was misunderstanding nesting or the protocols.

Hopefully the checker was in error and the links can be read and followed. The document is a couple hundred pages of dense material in a complex structure and the links would be very helpful to all.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Mar 13, 2019 Mar 13, 2019

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I just did a test of various hyperlinks in a table and it passed the Acrobat checker.

So that we can help diagnose the problem can you give us the following:

  • Version of Acrobat Pro you're using to check the PDF (need the "build" number, such as 2019.010.20098 which is the latest release). You'll find this under Help / About Adobe Acrobat Pro.
  • Version of PDFMaker that was used to export the PDF from MS Word. You'll find this in the PDF itself under File / Properties / Description tab. Look for Application and PDF Producer.
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  • If you used InDesign or another program to create the source document instead of Word, give us its version, too.
  • And if you used another product other than an Adobe-branded PDF maker utility, please give us that info.
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Mar 13, 2019 Mar 13, 2019

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My info is below. I initially create the pdf with Word 365's native pdf maker, then remediate with Acrobat Pro DC. (Much better results than using Acrobat's plug-in).

The Acrobat checker flag only occurs when I put the alternate text for the links within table cells. My understanding is that all links should have alternate text descriptions, but perhaps this is incorrect?

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Jul 06, 2022 Jul 06, 2022

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[Posting for the benefit of others]

Be sure to check for alt text on your table. I've found default alt text placed on some styled tables, usually something like "An example of a basic three-column table with a heading row and horizontal borders between the rows." I'm not sure how it gets there, but it will cause a nested alternate text failure when the table cells contain links. 

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