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I'd love to see Affinity Publisher support tagged and accessible PDFs from the ground up, ideally with full support for PDF/UA. Many institutions and government bodies require this for public documents, and making it part of the program's logic could be a major selling point.

I am not convinced that the way in which InDesign implements this in is the best way of going about it; it tends to create a lot of extra work that most people don't bother with. Instead, it should be possible to use this structural information to make document creation more efficient and improve a print/Web workflow.

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I totally agree. I don't know many designers who even know it's possible to create an accessible PDF, or what it actually means. But everyone gets it for web work. I can't see a single disadvantage of PDFs were created to be accessible by default.

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Maybe this functionality could be implemented in both Publisher and Designer. Government bodies request the WCAG 2.1 standard as from December 2018 for PDF and web material. It would be an enormous bonus to be able to use both Affinity Designer and Publisher to conform. The rationale of this standard can be found here: https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG21/

Also see other requests on this forum https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/65212-tagged-pdf-support-for-accessibility/

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 @Chrysogonus - agreed.

Accessibility is now a legal requirement in the UK for public sector websites (even for very small public sector bodies who struggle to afford Adobe software).

This includes any PDFs on the websites.

Even MS Word now has an option to save an accessible PDF.

 

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I agree, would love to see Affinity push some updates to Publisher for accessibility. I feel Affinity can become a game changer and disrupt the publishing world if they can incorporate really awesome accessbility features from tagging elements, tables and reading order.

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I'm going to throw my support in for this feature. I work for a U.S. university, and every printed document that we put on the web has to be accessible. inDesign's workflow for this is tedious and uncertain, while Acrobat has me pulling my hair out every time someone hands me a document to be made accessible. 

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I've been just looking up the accessibility features for PDFs created in Affinity for a client, and I'm so surprised that this is the only post about it!

I've completely convinced my client to go with Publisher over InDesign, but this one feature may be a deal-breaker that'll force us to go with InDesign. It's not just government documents that need accessibility features, accessibility is a major ethical component for many consumer-facing brands who are demanding this with their websites online and in other digital documents. Affinity, please look into this!

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+1 for this feature request.  We just got burned because an Affinity Publisher document was not compliant.

See also this post:  https://www.reddit.com/r/Affinity/comments/j2fq0w/accessibility_regulations_forced_me_to_switch/

Serif:  Please address this feature request sooner rather than later.

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On 11/3/2020 at 8:39 AM, MaggieP said:

I've been just looking up the accessibility features for PDFs created in Affinity for a client, and I'm so surprised that this is the only post about it!

I've completely convinced my client to go with Publisher over InDesign, but this one feature may be a deal-breaker that'll force us to go with InDesign. It's not just government documents that need accessibility features, accessibility is a major ethical component for many consumer-facing brands who are demanding this with their websites online and in other digital documents. Affinity, please look into this!

Adding my voice to this! I also 100% agree with @MaggieP's comment.

Accessible PDFs, or accessible ePub3 creation is vital for digital content creation. It is a strict legal requirement for online documents in many countries, not to mention common-sense from a basic communication point of view.

How can we call ourselves effective content creators, if we keep ignoring a whole chunk of our target audiences?

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On 1/11/2019 at 4:12 PM, Adriandw said:

Accessibility is now a legal requirement in the UK for public sector websites (even for very small public sector bodies who struggle to afford Adobe software).

Goes for all European EU countries actually. A legal requirement indeed. The public sector will have to purchase or choose software that creates accessible PDF's. We spent a year preparing our website and content before we were compliant. After that marathon it is very obvious to even the slowest person in our organization that we need tools and software that makes it quick and easy to create accessible content. 

It is simply now the new normal. Not a topic for discussion. 

I would never understand why Serif would want to exclude itself from this gigantic market by not supporting accessibility out of the box.

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I totally agree with others on this subject. It's part of my job to check accessibility of PDFs. And most of them aren't accessible.

But according to the law all content on a government (related) website in my country (part of the EU) and many other countries should be accessible. So that includes all PDFs on that website. Of course there is an exception for old documents. But new PDFs just have to be properly tagged so a screenreader is able to use it and read it to a blind person. And when that's the case, then it is usually also accessible to other tools used to help people to read or understand digital content.

Within a bit more than a year the process of making all content on all websites in the EU will start and in June 2025 all company websites have to be accessible except the ones from very small companies. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Accessibility_Act

If Affinity doesn't solve this problem it will be impossible for designers to use this software as their products can not be published on websites anymore. We would be left with Adobe products just because they do have tags in PDFs, not because they are very good at it, they are not.

I love all Affinity software, but I have to use other software to create accessible PDFs, like Adobe Acrobat, MS Word, Axes4 (Word Plugin and PDF QuickFix). I want to use Affinity!!

Affinity team, please add tagging to creating PDFs!

And please have a look at other things like a contrast checker, a checker of the the headings, and so on.

Here you'll find some info:

https://www.pdfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/TaggedPDFBestPracticeGuideSyntax.pdf

https://www.pdfa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/MatterhornProtocol_1-02.pdf

https://www.axes4.com/resources.html

https://www.access-for-all.ch/en/pdf-accessibility-checker.html

https://www.access-for-all.ch/en/pdf-accessibility-checker/vip-pdf-reader.html

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JohannaH mentioned this thread in the following thread.

https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/131590-future-of-publishing/

So I looked at this thread and I am amazed at how long this thread has been going on and yet not having any response from Serif.

William

 


Using a Lenovo laptop running Windows 10 in England

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Regarding this topic.

Serif has now provided a statement..

My request for a statement has been moved to the forum about Feedback for the Affinity Suite of Products.

https://forum.affinity.serif.com/index.php?/topic/131918-request-for-a-statement-about-pdf-accessibility-from-serif-please/

William

 


Using a Lenovo laptop running Windows 10 in England

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