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Chapter Seven. Enhancing PDF Accessibility > TIP 57: Read-Aloud Features

TIP 57: Read-Aloud Features

You can have Acrobat read a document aloud. This is a terrific feature when your goal is to make your documents more accessible, because Acrobat simulates some features of a full-blown screen-reader program. But be warned: A document that appears to be a simple, well-planned page isn't always simple for a reader. For example, a screen reader may read a document from left to right, even if there are multiple columns on the page. The solution in that case is to use articles, described in the tip following this one.

Screen-Reader Preferences

Choose Edit > Preferences > Reading to specify how the screen reader functions. You can define whether you want the screen reader to read only the currently visible pages, the entire document, or the currently visible pages in a large document. The default size for defining a document as “large” is 50 pages; click the field and type a different number to change the definition of a large document.



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