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Chapter 12. Toward More Accessible PDFs > Experimenting with Tables in PDF

Experimenting with Tables in PDF

So far, so good. But it gets a bit trickier from here. According to Adobe, tagged PDF documents can support markup for data tables, including identification of row and column headers and association of data cells with those headers. (See Chapter 11 for details on how to mark up data tables in HTML using id and headers attributes on the <th> and <td>elements, respectively.) According to Adobe’s online documentation, PDF now allows electronic publishers to

. . . preserve markup in tables in an Adobe PDF file, including table rows, header cells and data cells. Acrobat 5.0 for Windows enables users to create tagged Adobe PDF files automatically from Microsoft Office 2000 for Windows applications. If the author defines table rows, header cells and data cells in the application, Acrobat 5.0 will automatically include that information in the PDF file. Users of Macintosh or Windows versions can create or edit data table header information using the Acrobat tags palette. For more information, see the White Paper “Enhancing the Accessibility of the Web with Adobe Acrobat software.” [1]

[1] “Acrobat 5.0 and Section 508.” Accessed February 10, 2002, at http://access.adobe.com/acr508_2.html.


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