[Athen] PDF alt Text in browser

Page, Aaron Aaron.Page at mso.umt.edu
Tue Oct 13 10:22:21 PDT 2015

Hi Joseph,

I tested this real quick and it appears that JAWS/NVDA are both able to read ALT tags within the PDF viewer in Internet Explorer. Both were unable to read the ALT tag in the PDF viewer in Firefox.

I also agree that it is best to simply disable in-browser PDF viewing if you use a screen reader. Acrobat Reader has a checkbox in its Accessibility Setup Assistant (Edit>Accessibility>Setup Assistant) called "Display PDF documents in the web browser" that you can uncheck. However, I founed that didn't stop PDFs from viewing in the browser for me - I had to manually disable the Acrobat plug-in in both IE and Firefox before it would return to prompting to open/save the PDF file.

Aaron M. Page
B.S. Business Administration, Management Information Systems Major - Expected Graduation December 2015
Software Testing Coordinator | Accessible Technology Services | University of Montana | http://www.umt.edu/accessibility
Student Accessibility Specialist | UMOnline | University of Montana | http://umonline.umt.edu

From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Joseph Sherman
Sent: Friday, October 9, 2015 10:34 AM
To: 'Access Technology Higher Education Network' <athen-list at u.washington.edu>
Subject: [Athen] PDF alt Text in browser

Can screen readers read ALT text in PDFs opened within the web browser? It seems not, but I wanted to double check.


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