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InDesign 2020 grouped objects and alt text issue

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Nov 25, 2019

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I create some images by grouping different objects together and giving the grouped object a custom alt-text value in the Object Export menu. Since updating to InDesign 2020, I've experienced an alt-text Catch 22. If I group objects together and only give alt-text to the group as a whole, Adobe Acrobat Accessibility Checker sees each individual object as missing alt-text and flags it as an error. If I give the individual objects in the grouped object a custom alt-text value of "" or some other value, I get a "nested alt-text" error in Adobe Acrobat. To summarize, I get an error whether I add alt-text to the grouped object only, or to the individual objects in a group. Apparently, my only non-error option is to never have grouped objects in InDesign. But my preference is for Adobe Acrobat to read a grouped object as a singular object with a single custom alt-text. Is this a bug in the update or is there another solution? Thank you for your help.

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Well, it does seem like Adobe has fixed this error sometime in the last release or so. Turns out it was a bug on Adobe's part. Thank you all for your help in this thread.

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InDesign 2020 grouped objects and alt text issue

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I create some images by grouping different objects together and giving the grouped object a custom alt-text value in the Object Export menu. Since updating to InDesign 2020, I've experienced an alt-text Catch 22. If I group objects together and only give alt-text to the group as a whole, Adobe Acrobat Accessibility Checker sees each individual object as missing alt-text and flags it as an error. If I give the individual objects in the grouped object a custom alt-text value of "" or some other value, I get a "nested alt-text" error in Adobe Acrobat. To summarize, I get an error whether I add alt-text to the grouped object only, or to the individual objects in a group. Apparently, my only non-error option is to never have grouped objects in InDesign. But my preference is for Adobe Acrobat to read a grouped object as a singular object with a single custom alt-text. Is this a bug in the update or is there another solution? Thank you for your help.

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Well, it does seem like Adobe has fixed this error sometime in the last release or so. Turns out it was a bug on Adobe's part. Thank you all for your help in this thread.

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How are you setting the Object Export Options for the group? Are you setting the group to artifact?

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Thank you, Mike. I am not setting the group to artifact. However, I can even set the individual objects inside the group of objects to be artifacted, and yet I still experience these issues. It seems like the issue is caused by the fact that these objects are grouped.

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Does your group contain nested groups within the main group? If so, try in grouping everything and creating one single group. Add alt text to that.

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Thank you, Chad. I've been creating groups without using any nested groups. The single group is a group of individual objects.

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Yep, still a problem, even in CC 2020. Please fix this, Adobe.

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Well, it does seem like Adobe has fixed this error sometime in the last release or so. Turns out it was a bug on Adobe's part. Thank you all for your help in this thread.

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