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Acessibility for pop-up windows (InDesign) Interactive PDF

Community Beginner ,
Dec 20, 2022 Dec 20, 2022

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I'm creating an accessible PDF on InDesign and wanted to add pop-up windows (when you set a button to open/close a pop-up inside the PDF). However, I tested it and it seems there's not a way to make these accessible. I'd like to know if there is a way to make it accessbile (so that the screen reader reads the pop-up when it opens up), or if this is really a non accessible feature.

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Dec 20, 2022 Dec 20, 2022

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Dec 21, 2022 Dec 21, 2022

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Forget accessibility issues, show/hide buttons is a very, very wonky feature even with Acrobat or Reader on a desktop. My advice is to skip it and find a better way to present your information.

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Dec 21, 2022 Dec 21, 2022

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Hello! Unfortunatelly this isn't an option, one of the main demands for this material is accessibility, so that everyone can understand it and read it. I brought my doubt here because I couldn't find an aswer anywhere else, but if it's not an accessible feature, then I'll just have to make it without the buttons 😕

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Dec 21, 2022 Dec 21, 2022

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What do you mean it's not an option? It's your only option if you want to use a PDF.

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Dec 21, 2022 Dec 21, 2022

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In short if your main demand is accessibility, you can create this as an accessible PDF but without the show/hide buttons. Even if they worked (sketchy at best), I doubt they fall under WCAG compliance.

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Dec 21, 2022 Dec 21, 2022

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Clarifying...

Since it's a PDF file, it falls under PDF/UA-1 compliance for accessibility, not WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines). See the law at US Access Board, https://www.access-board.gov/ict/#504-authoring-tools

 

But regardless of accessibility, pop-ups and other interactives just don't work well enough in PDFs. Period. So as others have said, find another way. One idea: use an internal cross-reference hyperlink to another section of the PDF, perhaps to a glossary at the back of the PDF if you're explaining terms. But be sure to hyperlink back to the original reference.

 

Eventually we'll have this type of interactivity in PDFs — and accessible, too — but we're a few years away from that.

 

Bevi Chagnon | PubCom | Designer & Technologist for Accessible Documents
| Books & Classes | Accessible InDesign | Accessible PDFs | Accessible MS Office |

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Hello guys, thanks for the answers! The priority is for it to be accessible, so I'll just use other resources as hyperlinks as you said. I posted the question just in case there was a way to make pop-ups accessible that I didn't know of. However, thanks for clarifying 🙂

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