So, is there a way to easily specify the reading order in InDesign CS5.5? Articles might be the answer you’re looking for. See an earlier post about Articles.
In 1961, the IBM 704 became the first computer to sing, singing the song Daisy Bell. Vocals were programmed by John Kelly and Carol Lockbaum and the accompaniment was programmed by Max Mathews. This performance was the inspiration for the famous scene in the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey in which the HAL 9000 computer sings the song as it is deactivated. If you’re interested in more trivia, see Wikipedia article.
So, I thought it’s only fair that I use “Daisy Bell and her bicycle-built-for-two” to demonstrate the Reading Order. I created a one page PDF document, set up articles, and exported as a tagged PDF. This PDF was created using InDesign CS5.5 and has not been post-processed or retouched.
- Download the PDF file and open it in Acrobat or Adobe Reader.
- Choose View > Read Out Loud > Activate Read Out Loud.
- Choose View > Read Out Loud > Read this Page.
- Compare the reading order with the Article structure in the figure below.
Let me know how it works.