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PDF accessibility training

Creating accessible PDFs from Acrobat

This course is designed principally for web editors, or for authors or designers who have previously completed our InDesign or Word courses.


Some prior knowledge of accessibility issues in general would be helpful, but is not essential.

When and where

We offer both on-site (UK and Europe) and scheduled open training days. Please contact us on +44 (0)1932 355 222 for details, or email

Trainer: Ted Page – biography

Course outline

Available for Acrobat versions 8, 9, 10 or 11. Topics include:

  • Accessibility overview and relevant standards
  • Applying structure with headings, lists, etc
  • Images and alt text
  • Data tables: from simple to complex and beyond
  • Navigation: tables of contents, bookmarks and page numbering
  • Nine "must-know" linking techniques
  • Footnotes and endnotes
  • Abbreviations/acronyms and the language of parts
  • Dealing with mathematical expressions
  • Scanned documents
  • Accessible annotations, redactions and JavaScript enhancements
  • Advanced tagging techniques
  • Document management
  • Avoiding opening PDFs in browser plug-ins (how and why)
  • Testing: automated vs manual

Client testimonials

David Barrett, BT Senior Inclusion and Accessibility Manager

"Anybody wishing to know more about accessible PDFs should look no further than PWS. I have no hesitation in recommending Ted and his company to anyone who needs help, advice or training in the area of accessible PDFs."


Pete Modral, Equality and Human Rights Commission

"Ted delivered fantastic training that was engaging, knowledgeable and easy to follow."


Nicola Howie, Citizens Advice

"The accessible PDF course was excellent. The training was clearly delivered and tailored to meet our needs. Ted's experience and knowledge has equipped us with the ability, understanding and confidence to create PDFs in an accessible way."


Chris Winter, The Open University

"The training was motivating, inspiring, interesting and informative. It very clearly highlighted the untapped power within our documents and provided us with the in-depth knowledge to produce fully accessible documents at no greater time and cost to the production process. Ted's proven knowledge was delivered in a comfortable manner, with easy explanations helping to engage delegates fully with the subject matter."


Paul Bennun, Guide Dogs for the Blind

"An excellent course. Eloquently delivered by a presenter capable of catering for an audience of varying knowledge levels."


Pete Torkington, The Macular Disease Society

"PWS's training and inclusive follow-up consultancy has given us a huge head start. We now know how to create accessible PDFs, what to avoid, how to consider contrast requirements, ensure that our PDFs can be read by screen readers and how to give them structure so people can quickly navigate to the information they want. PWS's expertise and experience has saved us from making expensive and time consuming mistakes as well as guiding us to producing great PDFs that everyone can use."


Carol Jamieson, Sense

"Ted delivered Creating Accessible Documents training to staff from a variety of backgrounds and departments in Sense and all found it a really interesting session, which stimulated lots of discussion and made everyone feel more confident about generating documents that will meet the needs of the people we support. We would thoroughly recommend the training to others."


Chris Lofthouse, Outreach Manager, Rica

"Ted has a very clear teaching style which made for an excellent day's training for Rica staff. A lot of information was delivered and Ted did this with skill, providing us with very comprehensive notes but also making time for useful discussion.

"It was easy to raise questions with Ted who provided useful and knowledgeable answers. This training is highly recommended—a must for all organisations committed to accessibility."


Giuseppina Valenza, Tandridge District Council

"After a day's training with Ted, we now have in-house expertise in creating accessible PDFs. This has meant we can make sure our website documents are fully accessible. We also appreciate Ted's on-going advice, which he is always happy to give. The course was also excellent value for money, which is essential for a small district council like ours.


Richard Creagh, Mole Valley District Council

"We have run a number of training sessions with Ted and have found that his knowledge and expertise in creating accessible PDFs is second to none. The course is in-depth but is always clear and easy to understand, it covers every aspect of creating documents from start to finish. Compared with most other courses it is a very reasonable price which we feel offers extremely good value for money. Ted's on-going general support and advice is also invaluable, he has always been willing to assist us and provide advice on a number of issues."


Yeliz Atak, Woking Borough Council

"I would highly recommend this course to any individual or organisation keen to ensure that equality legislation is observed and that a diverse range of individuals are able to access their material effectively. There is no doubt that Ted's passion and knowledge of the area greatly aids in making this an enjoyable and positive experience."


Jayne Miles, Website Manager, Dover District Council

"Thank you Ted for the accessible PDF course. I would recommend two days for anyone wanting to gain a thorough knowledge. It really is an excellent course."


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