[Athen] Fillable PDF Forms and VoiceOver

Bossley, Peter A. bossley.5 at osu.edu
Thu Jun 21 17:54:20 PDT 2018

You essentially can't. Last I checked (about a year ago) Adobe Acrobat on OSX and VoiceOver ignores signature and radio button fields. The performance of preview is even worse in that regard.

From: athen-list <athen-list-bounces at mailman12.u.washington.edu> On Behalf Of Michael T Grattan
Sent: Thursday, June 21, 2018 9:11 AM
To: 'athen-list at u.washington.edu' <athen-list at u.washington.edu>
Subject: [Athen] Fillable PDF Forms and VoiceOver

Hello All,

We have been creating a number of Fillable PDF forms here at the university. The forms are 100% accessible on the PC side using JAWS for Windows 2018, NVDA, and ZoomText Fusion 2018. When I try working with the same PDF forms using a MacBook with the High Sierra operating system and VoiceOver, I am not able to access any radio buttons or signature fields. All other edit fields and checkboxes are accessible.
The forms were created using Adobe Acrobat Pro DC version 2018.001.2040. An accessibility check was ran on each form as well as proper labels and annotations for tags.

I would be very grateful for any help in learning how to fix and avoid this issue in the future.

Thank you for all your help.


Michael T Grattan
Access Technology Specialist
Office of Disability Services
T 315.443.4498 F 315.443.1312
mtgratta at syr.edu<mailto:mtgratta at syr.edu>
804 University Ave. 3rd Floor, Syracuse NY, 13244
Syracuse University

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