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I think that for accessibility, it is best to have images anchored within the text at the point where they are mentioned. However, this isn't always possible due to layout constraints. For example, a paragraph of text on a page might reference Figure 18 and Figure 19, but only Figure 18 fits on that same page. Figure 19 falls on the next page. Since it seems like InDesign does not allow you to anchor figures to text on another page, what can I do so the screen reader understands that they should jump to Figure 19 on the next page, and then jump back to the previous page to continue 'reading'?
Yes, this is a huge shortcoming of InDesign; graphics that are referenced within body text should be anchored "near" where the point of body text, either at the end of the sentence, end of the paragraph, or end of a major section break. You decide what's most appropriate. Note that they should never be anchored within the sentence itself because this breaks the concentration and comprehension for the user.
In the case you describe, we recommend:
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Hope this helps.
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I also voted for it!
Many thanks, and voted, too! Hope InDesign developers are listening!