Acrobat Reader 9 Standard

Adobe Reader 9 tool bar showing the Accessibility Setup Assistant choice located under Document.

Accessibility Setup Assistant Screens

About accessibility features

A document or application is accessible if it can be used by people with disabilities such as mobility impairments, blindness, and low vision. Accessibility features in Adobe Acrobat, Adobe ReaderĀ®, and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) enable people with disabilities to use PDF documents, with or without screen readers, screen magnifiers, and braille printers.

Making PDFs accessible tends to benefit all users. For example, the document structure that enables a screen reader to read a PDF out loud also enables a mobile device to reflow and display the document on a small screen. Similarly, the preset tab order of an accessible PDF form helps all users not just users with mobility impairments fill the form more easily.

Accessibility features in Acrobat and Reader fall into two broad categories: features to make the reading of PDF documents more accessible and features to create accessible PDF documents. To create accessible PDF documents, use Acrobat, not Reader.

Features for accessible reading of PDFs

Features for creating accessible PDFs

Acrobat Standard provides some functionality for making existing PDFs accessible. Acrobat Pro and Acrobat Pro Extended enable you to perform taskssuch as editing reading order or editing document structure tagsthat are necessary to make some PDF documents and forms accessible.

For more information about accessibility features, see these online resources:


Accessibility Setup Assistant Screens:

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