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Chapter Seven. Enhancing PDF Accessibility > TIP: 55 Choosing Document Colors

TIP: 55 Choosing Document Colors

Before distributing a document that will be used by vision-impaired users, you should test the settings using the methods described in this tip to see how your document looks. You may be surprised.

Making Form Fields More Visible

A form designer's goals are typically ease of input and a pleasing appearance. However, it can be difficult to visualize form fields if they aren't colored or identified in some way. In that case, the only way to know an active field exists is to move the pointer over the areas until you see the pointer change to an I-beam cursor.

Change preferences to set form field visibility:

1.
Choose Edit > Preferences > Forms. On a Mac, choose Acrobat > Preferences > Forms.

2.
Click the option Show background and hover color for form fields.

3.
Click the color swatch to choose a custom color.

Click OK to close the Preferences dialog. The form fields on the document are now identified by the selected background color; as you move the pointer over a field, Acrobat places a black outline around the field.

If you use a custom color on a document that contains colored form fields, the colors are combined.



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