I have an InDesign file with interactive form fields. Exported to PDF the keyboard tab function picks up all the form fields (answer boxes) but completely misses all the text frames, the actual questions in the form. Is there a way to assign reading order to the InDesign text frames as well as to the form fields?
If you want to set the reading order within InDesign, you need to specify "articles" to define discrete elements in your reading order. You can read more about building articles within InDesign by following this link.
But you mind find the better option is to set the reading order in Acrobat after you translate the form to PDF. You can get a better feel for the difference — and advantages — of setting reading order through Acrobat through this link.
Hope this helps,
Many thanks Randy, I appreciate you taking time to reply.
No, you're not missing anything. It's just a matter of nomenclature. And to a lesser degree, prioritizing.
When you start assigning reading order in a PDF, you essentially set it for your form fields. You just need to set it first to follow your trip through the form fields, in the sequence you're intending to lead your viewers through.
As for the rest? Acrobat offers other tagging tools for defining text reading order. Hopefully this link will give you some insight of the various options, and how you can best use them to your (and your viewers') best advantage.
Hope this fills in the gaps,
So, the issue is not so much the reading order but the fact that none of the text in the interactive PDF has a cursor insertion point?
Do you know why that's happening?
I just can't figure it out...
Again, sort of.
You may want to try this:
To be honest, this is pure SWAG — Speculative Wild And Guessing (had to clean it up a little). I've never created an Accessible PDF form before. But I've done accessible PDFs and form PDFs before.
It's worth a shot, right?
Create the text (with Paragraph styles and Export tagging) first, then add form fields, is the way I have been working.
Thanks for your support.
Update: I just ran across words from a PDF expert on this very issue. Chad Chelius, who's probably forgotten more about accessible PDFs than I'll ever know, just posted an article addressing accessible PDF forms on the Creative Pro website.
This link may interest you.
Great article! Thank you.
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Since you're creating your form in InDesign, you want to do these tasks:
Name [form field]
Address [form field]
Are you there? [form field] Yes [form field] No
Hope this helps.
Many thanks Bevi, I appreciate you taking time to reply.
The Tab key will advance to the next form field; not the text.