Adding alt text to PDF images and having that copy be part of the searchable document text?

New Here ,
Feb 03, 2021 Feb 03, 2021

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Is this a thing that is possible? Adding alt text for an image I know can be done with tags, but is there a way to make that text then part of the searchable language when using the Finder?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Feb 03, 2021 Feb 03, 2021

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Question: when you say "the Finder," do you mean when using the Apple OS Finder?

 

Or do you mean the search box/function in Acrobat?

 

Alt-text is part of the graphic's metadata, and I don't believe Acrobat can search it.

 

Bevi Chagnon | Designer & Technologist for Accessible InDesign + PDFs |
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The search function within Acrobat...I wonder if there is another way to include that description as searchable. Thanks! 

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Feb 03, 2021 Feb 03, 2021

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Possibly, but Adobe's engineers would have to do that.

This forum is only a user-to-user help forum and Adobe employees rarely chime in.

Why not post this suggestion as a feature in Adobe's www.Acrobat.UserVoice.com forum? That's where Adobe honchos listen to the customers.

 

Bevi Chagnon | Designer & Technologist for Accessible InDesign + PDFs |
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Feb 04, 2021 Feb 04, 2021

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As Bevi pointed out, the alt text is not searchable. You could however hide text behind the figure which wouldn't be seen visually but would still be searchable in the document. I don't fully understand the context behind why you want/need this but this technique would work although it would highlight the text behind the image.

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