Anchoring images in InDesign and reading order in accessible pdfs

Community Beginner ,
Jan 29, 2021 Jan 29, 2021

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I've been trying to anchor images within text in InDesign to create a proper reading order in pdf, but the images always end up at the end of the page in the order. I know that I can change the reading order within Acrobat, but if anchoring doesn't set the reading order what is the purpose of anchoring? I've referred to Chad Chelius's video but still don't have clarity and am hoping someone can guide me. Thanks!

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Jan 29, 2021 Jan 29, 2021

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The order is correct within Tags, but within the Order pane they images are at the bottom rather than where I've anchored them. Is this the best that can be done within Indesign? Is best practice to change the order within the Order pane in Acrobat?

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Jan 29, 2021 Jan 29, 2021

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Presumably, you're creating a Reflowable ePub. I suggest you create a simple practice document to test the concept.

Create a new document, any size page, fill it with some text and a couple of headings (better if you apply Paragraph styles). Then Place an images on the page (it doesn't have to be in position – it can be off the page).
Anchor the image to the beginning of the heading by dragging from the solid blue square in the image frame to the beginning of the heading (a small anchor icon will appear on the frame). Export to Reflowable ePub ensuring you select ePub 3.00 and Cover, none.

 

In InDesign:

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In an ePub Reader:

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Jan 29, 2021 Jan 29, 2021

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I'm exporting to pdf and then in tabs pane the order is fine. The figure shows up right where I've anchored it, but in the Order pane the figures are all at the bottom of the order. 

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Mar 04, 2022 Mar 04, 2022

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Hopefully you were able to figure this out! But one thing I do when this happens is copy and paste the image into the text box, and use the move tool + text wrap to postion the image in the right spot.

 

Maybe a bit unorthodox? But this way I can get the tagging order and the reading order right.

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