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Training Guides, Video Tutorials, Resources, & Best Practices


Adobe Acrobat

Adobe provides a large collection of official Acrobat accessibility training guides that address authoring, evaluating and remediating Acrobat documents for accessibility using Adobe Acrobat versions 8 through 11. The ATI-recommended resources for Acrobat 11 include the following:

Adobe has summarized recent changes to accessibility support introduced in Acrobat 11 in their web article entitled Meet PDF accessibility standards.

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has developed PDF Techniques for WCAG 2.0 (HTML, 2012) which provides guidance on ensuring that PDFs conform with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.0. Each technique is accompanied by a description, examples, links to external references and test procedures.

Creating PDF Forms for Government is a book by Ted Padova that provides comprehensive guidance on authoring effective PDF forms. Making Forms Accessible is an excerpt from this book that concisely summarizes the necessary steps to ensure that PDF forms are accessible.

The CSU ATI offers several PDF accessibility resources including:

  • A video recording and handouts from the PDF Accessibility for Acrobat X and Adobe Reader X webinar in 2011
  • Comprehensive training guidelines and atomized video tutorials with closed captions developed for the ATI by Sacramento State in 2009:
    1. Illustrated Training with Video Tutorials - This presentation contains guidelines and self-contained video demonstrations by Monica Range, Online Instructor from Sacramento State.
    2. Video Tutorials Only - This training follows the same outline as the illustrated training above, but it does not contain text and illustrations with the videos.  Note that each of these videos will open in a new browser window.
    3. PDF Guidelines Only - a comprehensive training guideline to be used in developing face-to-face training at your campus.  It can also be used as a handout or reference for your training needs.

Adobe LiveCycle Designer

Adobe also provides guidance on developing accessible PDF forms using LiveCycle Designer. The ATI-recommended resources for LiveCycle Designer include the following:

Resources From CSU Campuses and Other Organizations

CSU campuses have created an abundance of training materials that are provided here as a resource and can be used at your own discretion.