Hi. I am creating an accessible document in InDesign and I have added alt text to the photos and figures. The Alt text shows on the photos when I hover over them when I export it into Acrobat but not the ai files. They are tagged as Figures in Indesign. How can I make the figure alt text appear? Thanks, JO.
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Josephine@Redtail , Hovering over a graphic in a PDF to view the Alt-text is not the way to check the file. It's dicey whether the Alt-text will pop-up or not. Sometimes it will, sometimes it won't, so don't trust that method to check your PDF file.
Instead, we teach our clients/students these 2 methods to check the Alt-text:
Note: In the past, AI files sometimes have not retained their Alt-text or have had other accessibility problems when the PDF is exported from InDesign. But I haven't seen that problem in a while.
Hope this helps.
It's not Adobe's error to fix!
It's the browsers and other software that process the PDF that choose how to handle Alt-text — and yes, Adobe Reader and Acrobat shouldn't pop up the Alt-text.
When first developed in the 1990s, Alt-Text was never intended to "pop up." It was intended to be hidden and "seen" only by those assistive technologies that need it, such as screen readers that voice it.
We now have 25+ years' worth of sloppy, inconsistent handling of Alt-text by the entire industry. Hence, some times you see it and some times you don't.