Thinking of Editing a 508 compliant pdf? Some might be thinking “You can edit a PDF?” Well, yes with Adobe Acrobat DC or other similar tools. But editing can cause a world of problems with a previously tagged document.
Editing a 508 Compliant PDF
This is an example of a pdf that was already tagged for 508 compliance. While some edits can be ok; fixing spelling mistakes, slight text changes and similar edits, others will cause a world of trouble. Any edit that pushes content to another page will certainly cause a waterfall of errors. Adding another bullet to the list will cause issues. And in this case even changing the font size on a few items will generate a litany of errors.
In this video Shawn Jordison, our Division Lead walks through what was a 508 compliant pdf that was edited to increase the font size. You will see all the errors this simple edit generated. As you will see it took about 15 minutes. To tag the original document took about 10 minutes. Typically with something like this we would start over (it’s just easier and quicker) but wanted to show you how simple changes can cause a world of errors.