FACS Digital Accessibility Standard
How we design and develop accessible digital content at FACS
Make sure PDFs are accessible
At FACS, every PDF that we publish online or send electronically should be accessible. This means that a PDF will have, at minimum:
- the correct heading structure
- text alternatives for images
- a document title
- the language identified
- the correct colour contrast levels in use
- hyperlinks that are displayed with meaningful text – apply the link to the text, avoid repetitive text such as ‘Read more’ and avoid long web links/URLs
- a table of contents, linking to the correct sections of the document
- bullet points for the presentation of information in lists
- no nested tables and – where possible – no merged, split or blank table cells
- tables with header rows that have been specified
- full accessibility checks performed in Adobe Acrobat
- a manual reading order check to ensure that the content flows correctly when read out by a screen reader.
However, even if we perform the checks above, we don’t rely on PDF alone. This is largely because:
- Not all versions of all screen readers read out PDFs consistently.
- PDF does not currently have accessibility support on mobile devices.