Make Illustrator PDFs more automatically accessible
Accessibility is incredibly important. Obviously Adobe wants to help but it is incredibly limited in Illustrator. If you supply multiple artboards, character and paragraph styles and great text placement options, you should make the PDF export carry those options through. What's the point of using InDesign when you only have two pages? Who needs to files for every project?
DC Carr commented
I was just handed a PDF poster that was created in Illustrator. Looks like there are no features here to meet WCAG, PDF/UA, or 508 compliance? These sure would be wonderful. In order to use this product, I would need the doc to pass Matterhorn Protocol checkpoints. Doing all of this in Acrobat would be a real pain, so I'm just not going to use the product. Would love to have more Illustrator options in the future for tagging and other accessibility needs, please!
Mark Wahlsten commented
This would be incredibly useful for infographics and diagrams.
Currently only option is to export ai files as a flattened raster image (and manually write Actual Text for it) before creating the final PDF in InDesign, otherwise screen readers try and read the diagram text in it (and terribly).
This isn't a workable solution though, because asking the engineers to write a paragraph of Actual Text in addition to every diagram they create isn't a feasible request to make. (Arguably it would be best-practice, but it's just not something they have time to do, and I'm not really in a position to make demands)
Yes, I'd like to see the same robust accessible options available. I produce Scientific posters etc. using Illustrator for the Federal Government and have to manually produce accessible content after exporting to illustrator which by the way some times applies correctly but most of the time there are issues especially when you have a background image.