Archive for April, 2011

PDF Accessibility and InDesign CS5.5

InDesign CS5.5, brings with it several improvements. Several that  you don’t have to do anything about. They’re just there, and work! You can continue using the same workflows.

Accessible PDF documents is one such area. You can create accessible PDFs for Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Reader, or other software such as screen readers. InDesign CS5.5 automatically adds tags for the following:

  • Tables and nested tables
  • Lists and nested lists
  • Footnotes
  • Hyperlinks

If you have an InDesign document that has the following structure:

InDesign Document snippet

InDesign Document snippet

The following images show the tags exported by InDesign CS5.5 (viewed in Acrobat Tags panel).

Role Mapping

Table tags

Nested list tags

Nested list tags

Note tags

FoootNote tag

Hyperlink tags

Hyperlink tags

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: The THead, TBody, and TFoot tags are honored only if you export to PDF version 1.5 or higher

See Adobe InDesign CS5 accessibility overview

Update( April 13) : I wrote another post about how Articles can be used to specify Reading Order. You might find that interesting as well.

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11 Things Every Beginner Needs to Learn to Love Illustrator

11 Things Every Beginner Needs to Learn to Love Illustrator

People often find Illustrator daunting because it works a little differently from other applications. Some aren’t quite sure what it does and others have tried it and been confused by it. Adobe Certified Instructor Russell Viers believes that Illustrator doesn’t have to be scary; in fact, it can be fun. In this workshop Russell distills his vast knowledge of Illustrator into 11 simple things that open up a whole world of possibilities. Before you know it you’ll be playing around with art and logos and creating intricate designs by combining paths with the Pathfinder. The universe of Illustrator awaits you.
Russell Viers and Video2Brain have published episodes for you to see. I hope that you find them helpful.

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How to simulate paper color in InDesign

When you’re designing for colored paper, you need an easy way to simulate the design.

You can change the on‑screen color of your paper. InDesign makes it easy for you to design for nonwhite paper.
The Paper color appears on‑screen only and does not affect output; it is intended only to simulate designing for colored paper.

  1. Choose Windows > Swatches.
  2. With no text or objects selected, double-click the Paper color in the Swatches panel.

    Define paper color

    Define paper color

  3. In the Swatch Options dialog box specify a color value. (Check Preview to see what it looks like), and click OK.

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