Create Accessible PDF Forms with Abbyy FineReader PDF 16 and Adobe Acrobat


Welcome to our comprehensive guide on creating accessible PDF forms using Abbyy FineReader PDF 16 and Adobe Acrobat. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the process of adding form fields, ensuring proper tagging, and making your PDFs accessible and compliant with WCAG 2.1 standards. By following these steps, you’ll provide an inclusive user experience for all.

Adding Form Fields with Abbyy FineReader PDF 16

Abbyy FineReader PDF 16 allows you to add various form fields to your PDFs, such as text fields, checkboxes, radio buttons, drop-down lists, list boxes, and signatures. To begin, select the Form Editor on the right side of the screen, which will bring up a drop-down menu where you can choose the appropriate form field.

For example, when adding a text field, drag and drop it to the desired location within the document. Right-click the text field to access its properties and adjust settings like field name, tooltip, maximum number of symbols, and appearance. You can also set the format for text or date and choose between single-line or multi-line input.

Making Your PDF Forms Accessible with Adobe Acrobat

After creating your PDF form using Abbyy FineReader PDF 16, it’s crucial to ensure its accessibility. Open your document in Adobe Acrobat and use the built-in accessibility tools to make necessary adjustments. Here are the key steps to making your PDF forms accessible:

  1. Set the proper reading language and ensure all images have alternative text (alt text).
  2. Use the Tags panel to adjust the document structure, such as headers and paragraphs.
  3. Ensure proper form field tagging, with appropriate nesting and parent tag types.
  4. Run the Accessibility Checker to identify and fix any issues.
  5. Use the PAC 2021 checker to ensure WCAG 2.1 compliance.

By following these steps, your PDF forms will be accessible and compliant with WCAG 2.1 standards.

Best Practices for Creating Accessible PDF Forms with Abbyy FineReader PDF 16 and Adobe Acrobat

To create accessible PDF forms that cater to all users, consider these best practices:

  1. Use clear and descriptive field names and tooltips to help users understand the purpose of each field.
  2. Set the proper tab order for form fields to enable easy navigation using the Tab key.
  3. Choose accessible fonts and colors, sticking to high-contrast color combinations and avoiding small font sizes.
  4. Test and validate your accessible PDF form using various accessibility checkers and real users.

By incorporating these best practices, you’ll provide an inclusive and compliant user experience for all.


Abbyy FineReader PDF 16 and Adobe Acrobat make it simple to create accessible PDF forms that comply with WCAG 2.1 standards. By following the steps outlined in this guide and implementing the best practices, you can ensure an inclusive user experience that caters to everyone.

How to make a 508 compliant PowerPoint Template | WCAG

Guide to Creating an Accessible PowerPoint Template

In the digital age, it’s essential to ensure accessibility and inclusivity. A common tool like PowerPoint should be no exception to this rule. This guide will navigate you through the process of creating an accessible PowerPoint template, enabling all users to engage with your content.

Starting the Accessibility Journey

Creating an accessible PowerPoint template starts with the basic steps. Launch PowerPoint and select ‘File’ then ‘New’ or opt for ‘Blank Presentation’. This opens up a blank canvas for designing your accessible template.

blank template

Constructing Master Slides for Accessibility

The next step involves the ‘Slide Master’. Access it by clicking on the ‘View’ button. Here, we can customize our master slide deck, forming the foundation for an accessible presentation.

Personal touches can be added in this section, such as including a logo or removing elements like the ‘Date’ field and footer. Remember to set alternate texts for images, aiding visually impaired users.

Content added in the master slides will be more accessible.

Master slides

Optimizing Text and Bullets for Inclusivity

Customizing the text and bullet points is essential in crafting an accessible template. Changing the color of bullet points and modifying the slide title are just some of the techniques that can enhance accessibility.

Use a theme to start

Using a theme will keep your content in line with accessibility standards and make it easier to edit down the line.

use a theme

Other things to do

Or just let the accessibility guy do the work for you

Order 508 documents

More Posts

Fixing PowerPoint Footer Display Issues

Welcome to our tutorial on displaying and fixing slide footers, dates, and slide numbers in PowerPoint presentations. Whether you’re using templates or customized presentations, it’s essential to ensure your content appears where it should. In…

How to hide a slide title

Since every slide must have a title it may interfere with the layout of your slide so instead of deleting the title, there is an option to hide the title. This will provide easy navigation…

PowerPoint Accessibility Practice

Do you need some hands-on PowerPoint accessibility practice? Below you will find a practice file and an answer key file. There is an introduction video and an answer key video to follow along with. Practice…

Table Accessibility in PowerPoint

Table accessibility is an important aspect of creating accessible PowerPoint files. Be sure to follow all basic table accessibility features. Unsure of what those are? Keep reading. Accessible tables should include the following elements: Did…

Link accessibility in PowerPoint

This post will cover link accessibility in PowerPoint. Accessible links can be applied to both text and images. This post will cover how to do both. Hyperlinks in PowerPoint for Accessibility Video Overview More PowerPoint…

Lists in PowerPoint Accessibility

Lists and PowerPoint accessibility are essential for Section 508 compliance. This post will cover the difference between unordered and ordered lists, and how to apply them in PowerPoint.


Something went wrong. Please refresh the page and/or try again.