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Best Practices for Document Accessibility in MS Word

http://desemo.adobeconnect.com/p3svkbf9qka/ (Word 2010) Word 2010 Accessibility Transcript

http://desemo.adobeconnect.com/p6ueozlvuiq/ (Word 2007) Word 2007 Accessibility Transcript

Adobe Acrobat XI and Accessibility Webinar by WebAIM


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make a pdf form savable in Adobe Reader via Adobe Acrobat Pro XI?

File > Save as Other > Reader Extended PDF > Enable More Tools (includes form fill-in & save)

Why, if I set the enabling save feature, do I receive some forms blank?

Several browsers, such as Chrome and Safari, have their own pdf plugin, to view and interact with pdf files. Unfortunately, they don't always include the same features as Adobe Reader/Adobe Acrobat Professional. Because of this, you can get inconsistent results when trying to interact with things such as pdf forms directly in the browser and they don't always work as they should. Here is a forum post mentioning the issues you might encounter with pdf plugins.

If you encounter receiving blank forms for users when you know save is enabled, the main thing you can do is include communication that they first need to download the form to fill it out for best results.

Occasionally I have a case where someone emails me a filled form, the form is blank, but when I click in the fields, the text is there. What do I do to view/print the text?

The problem is caused when Mac users open forms in what is called "Preview" and fill out the form. When sent, the information doesn't appear. There is a script you can install to your Adobe Acrobat installation that allows you to fix the fields and view the text. Go to: I:\training\AcrobatFixFile\ADBE_JFG_fixFields.js. Copy: ADBE_JFG_fixFields.js. Next go to: C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat DC\Acrobat\Javascripts and paste the .js file. Finally, open Adobe Acrobat DC, open the file with the issue, then go under Edit - Fix Field appearance. The fields will now display.

How can I take multiple forms of the same data, merge it into one file and export it to Excel?

If you have a form that is emailed to you with saved data, there is a way through Adobe Acrobat XI to compile all the saved data within the form, then export it out to Excel.

First, save all your filled-out forms into one folder somewhere (obviously each uniquely named)

Directions are here for next steps: http://helpx.adobe.com/acrobat/using/collecting-pdf-form-data.html#manag...

See instructions under "Merge exported data files to a spreadsheet"

I have a PDF document that has embedded links within it. I would like to have these links open in their own windows. Is there a way to force this to happen?

Yes, but unfortunately, there's no automated way to do this.

You have to add some javascript code to each link that will tell the link to open in a new window.


These directions are for an earlier version than Acrobat XI – you would go under Content Editing - Add or Edit Link, then follow the directions from there.