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Hi. I am creating an accessible PDF using InDesign. I have added Alt text to the images (under the object export options tab) in the InDesign file, however the alt text does not show up when you hover over the image in Acobat.
If I take that image and put it in a new InDesign file (of the same page length) the alt text works in acrobat.
There is an object style applied to the images and I have checked — they have exactly the same settings.
What can be in the original supplied InDesign file that could be preveting the alt text from working? Going crazy!
Yes I have. I have used styles, tags etc... the only issue I am having is my tables and figures need to be anchored to be able to use the Set Alt-text utility in Acrobat. However, some figures and tables need to appear on a different spread to where they are mentioned and I can't seem to find out how to get around this. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks.
the only issue I am having is my tables and figures need to be anchored to be able to use the Set Alt-text utility in Acrobat.By Josephine@Redtail
No, that's not correct. Anchoring has nothing to do with being able to set Alt-text in either InDesign or Acrobat.
If you don't anchor your tables and figures, then they will be tagged and placed at the end of the tag tree and not in any specific spot.
But something else may be hanging up this project: Did you use the Articles panel? If so, everything must in the Articles panel in order for it to be tagged, so:
However, some figures and tables need to appear on a different spread to where they are mentioned and I can't seem to find out how to get around this. Do you have any suggestions?By Josephine@Redtail
At this time, InDesign does not let us anchor any type of frame or element on a different spread. You have 2 options:
Thank you so much Bevi. That is what I was doing wrong. I had only pulled in the text to the articles panel, not the figures and tables. You are a lifesaver. 🙂
Hovering over the graphic in Acrobat is not a valid method of checking if Alt-text is present on it. Sometimes you'll see it, othertimes you won't.
Instead, use one of these methods to check the Alt-text:
Thanks for the reply. I now realised that my figures and tables need to be anchored to be able to see the alt text using the Set Alt-text utility. Unfortunalty, some of my figures are needing to be on a different spread than where the text appears — how do I anchor these?
See above dated March 19, 2021.