Learn how to use PDFix to create a tagged PDF.

You can watch the linked video for a step-by-step explanation of the entire process.

In this day and age, many available PDF documents are untagged or not tagged properly. Ensuring that your document is well-tagged is crucial in creating an accessible PDF. Document tags define the structure of the document and make it possible to identify content such as paragraphs, headings, headers, footers, tables, lists, figures, etc. A PDF with such tags can be read by a screen reader and therefore is accessible even for vision impaired people.

PDFix provides you with a simple automated tool that analyzes the content of your document and generates the proper tags.

A page of an untagged PDF opened in PDFIX.

An untagged PDF

With your document loaded and opened in PDFix, you can simply press the Make Accessible button located on the accessibility panel in order to create the proper tags. This opens a simple dialogue requiring additional information about your document, such as the language or title. Once the tags are generated, you can examine them and decide whether they are efficient enough for your PDF.

A page of a tagged PDF opened in PDFIX.

A tagged PDF

PDFix also offers advanced tag recognition using Preflight. Preflight is an algorithm that differentiates between headers, footers, and headings in order to create tags better suited for your pdf. Simply locate the template panel and press the Preflight Button. After the preflight algorithm is finished, you can view the newly generated tags by once again running the Make Accessible function.

A page of a tagged PDF created using Preflight, opened in PDFIX.

A tagged PDF using Preflight.

The generated tags may not be perfect. We also offer the possibility of adjusting your generated tags or creating new ones manually. This process will be further described in future videos and blog posts.