Document Accessibility Resources (Word, PowerPoint, PDF & more)


Whether you are creating a Word document or publishing a PDF that started in Word, the easiest way is to ensure that the original Word document is accessible when you create it. To do that, see:


Similar to Word, PowerPoint presentations should be made accessible in PowerPoint before converting to PDF. This will minimize the amount of work that needs to be done in Acrobat. See:


The only effective way to make accessible PDF documents from Adobe InDesign is to address accessibility in InDesign. See the guidance at:


PDF documents can be made accessible if you implement the appropriate techniques (although it's always faster and easier to make your Word, PowerPoint, etc., original accessible before converting to PDF). The following resources describe how:

AEM/LiveCycle Designer Forms

PDF forms contain interactive form elements such as text boxes, dropdown lists, check boxes, and buttons. While form elements can be added to any PDF using Adobe Acrobat (resulting in what is sometimes called an "AcroForm"), Adobe's AEM (formerly LiveCycle) Designer is specifically for creating form. For best results, forms should be created from scratch in Designer using the techniques described in:

Contrast Testing Tools

The following tools can be used to check whether color combinations meet minimum contrast requirements: