accessibility, alt text and so on

Advisor ,
Oct 19, 2017

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Surfacing again after a few miserable days trying to bring consistency (just at layout level – there are limits!) to a set of Word files … and a reference I came across prompted me to try out the Accessibility report; it's also a current concern here, as we realise our products and their documentation need to be accessible to an increasing number of blind and partially-sighted users.

Two questions, then:

  • what's the quickest way of getting some sort of accessibility report on a .book and its components? I've seen a 'Create accessible .pdf' option in Acrobat, but that's leaving it a bit late …
  • starting with the basics, is there a way of adding alt text to referenced images in FM? I'm still on FM2012

Thanks in advance for any ideas on this.

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FieryPantone Advisor , Oct 30, 2017
aha! farther experimentation reveals the route Special > Anchored frame > Object attributes … so thanks for the pointer, which got me started.

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Oct 26, 2017

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AFAIK, there's no direct "Accessibility" checking in FM - it all gets done at the PDF end.

There are some guidelines for Accessibility that may answer your other question here:

Adobe FrameMaker accessibility

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Oct 26, 2017

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Oh dear, and that looked so promising :-} a link from Adobe FrameMaker accessibility straight to Adding alternate text to images

Unfortunately, the information [below, right] appears to be from a previous version of FrameMaker. There's no way I can justify the workload if conversion to Structured FM is now the way to access these attributes. What would you advise?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 27, 2017

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I hadn't noticed, but the Object Attributes option has moved to the Anchored Frame pod.

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… which I don't seem to have, at least not if I try to access it from View > Pods :-{

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Adobe Community Professional ,
Oct 31, 2017

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Yes, the Anchored Frame pod is in different locations in Fm 2015 and Fm 2017. In Fm 2017 it is under the Insert menu.

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aha! farther experimentation reveals the route Special > Anchored frame > Object attributes … so thanks for the pointer, which got me started.

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