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Creating an accessible Table of Contents

From: Vivienne CONWAY <v.conway@ecu.edu.au>
Date: Sat, 23 Feb 2013 10:39:09 +0800
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Hi all

I'm wondering if anyone has discovered how to create a Table of Contents in Word that reads properly with a screen reader when the document is put into PDF..  Using the automatic TOC function you get a disaster for reading - some styles read all the dots in the dot leader, others read something like 89 dot and then the page number.  At best if you choose the option for the solid line which is recommended you get "Chapter one one (page number)" with no pause - and that's only if you have the punctuation reading turned right down to minimal setting. As soon as you set the screen reader to read 'most' punctuation it reads either the dots or the number of dots etc.

I'm working with a local government who create a lot of large documents such as council meetings which are put into PDF that they need to make accessible and are accessed throuigh their website.  At present the TOC function is causing real headaches.  We've tried all kinds of options in Word they none of them read nicely from the PDF document that is created after tagging the Word document properly.

Any ideas?


Vivienne L. Conway, B.IT(Hons), MACS CT, AALIA(cs)
PhD Candidate & Sessional Lecturer, Edith Cowan University, Perth, W.A.
Director, Web Key IT Pty Ltd.
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