I'm working in CC 2019 and I'm having trouble getting alt text applied to an object to carry over to a PDF. The object is a graphic created in Indesign; I've used Object Export Options to apply alt text to the graphic, but when I export the document, the alt text is not carrying over, and the graphic is not being tagged as a figure. (Create Tagged PDF is checked in my export options, and other items such as text and images placed in InDesign are being tagged appropriately.) Am I missing a step somewhere? I can't quite figure out what I'm doing wrong.
To help diagnose what's going wrong, let's review the steps to take:
Let us know if this method works.
Followed those steps exactly, and the graphic still isn't showing a figure tag or alt text in the PDF.
Let's check another item:
When you select the graphic, are you using the Selection Tool (black arrow) and selecting the frame around the graphic (the blue frame)? This is what should "hold" the Alt-Text.
Sometimes people select the actual graphic itself with the Direct Selection Tool (white arrow), which often doesn't tag correctly in the PDF.
One more items: Which version of InDesign are you using?
Yep, I double checked to make sure I'm using the Selection Tool and selecting the frame. The alt-text and tag still isn't showing up in the PDF.
I'm using CC 2019.
OK, please check one more item:
When you select the object's frame and right-click/opt-click for Object Export Options, is there anything in the MIDDLE tab "Tagged PDF"?
If so, delete any text in the Actual Text Source (it should be empty) and revert that tab's settings to Apply Tag: From Structure.
Note that Alt-Text is not the same as Actual Text.
In the Tagged PDF tab, both Apply Tag and Actual Text Source are set to From Structure, and the text box says "[Selection has content with no associated structure.]"
I think there might be a bug in either your file or in InDesign.
There was a known bug for a couple of versions that prevented some (but not all) graphics in an InDesign layout file from having the Alt-text automatically carried over into the PDF. (It actually was there, but incorrectly burried in a nested tag structure in such a way that the Acrobat checker and screen readers couldn't find it.)
But we hadn't see that bug since CC:2018.1 a year ago.
One last test to see where the bug lies, in your file or in InDesign:
If it is OK, take the same document and copy/paste your graphic from the original file into to. Add the Alt-text, export to PDF, and check it.
Let me know your results.
On your version of InDesign, look deeper.
Version 14.0.1 is the latest version (which is CC:2019 with a little updater).
Started a new document with a new graphic, and Alt-text still didn't work.
I'm on version 14.0. (It looks like Version 14.0.1 isn't available for my organization's enterprise account; my manager thinks it's possible our IT department hasn't released it to us yet.)
I'll keep an eye out and update when I can.
And when you export the PDF from InDesign, you're selecting PDF Interactive, and checking the options:
Unfortunately, I think the bug is in InDesign or its PDF Export utility.
The good news is that you're doing things right!
The easiest thing to do at this time is to:
You're welcome! Glad to help.
Question: (yes, another one!) Did you happen to use the Articles panel for this project?
If so, was the graphic added to the Articles panel?
Two possible outcomes:
Yes, I was using the Articles panel, and the graphic was added to the Articles panel.
(In the test document with the dummy graphic and alt-text, I did not use the Articles panel.)
I am far from being a specialist in PDF accessibility.
However, I recall reading threads about placed PDF, or AI not being correctly tagged.
I suppose this is the same thing here...
I am not aware of any other solution than tagging the object in Acrobat itself.
I had the same issue and found that the ALT text applied to images other than JPEG, PNG doesnot appear in PDF. So convert all your shapes, images, graphics to JPEG/PNG, add ALT text and export to pdf. This should solver the issue.
Alas, not. I'm having this very issue with JPEGs on latest ID.
My InDesign file (has nearly 50 images, mostly jpgs) randomly drops ALT text from a handful of them in the PDF conversion. The ALT text is there, no different than the other zillion images in this book but it doesn't show up in the PDF so I have to manually copy and paste from the ALT text in my INDD file. Just a bug? What is up?
I am having the same problem. This needs to be addressed by Adobe. Accessibility is increasingly becoming a real, mandated thing.
I had this issue on the latest version (18.3, 2023). It was only some of the images that were dropping their alt-text. The thing was, when using the Accessibility tool in Acrobat after export was that Acrobat didn't even see the images missing alt-text as being images.
I solved it by simply remaking the image frame, paste-in the correct image, add the alt-text and it worked to fix the three images that were missing alt-text