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I am trying to produce a structured or 'tagged' PDF from pdftex (Tex Live 2012) that passes automated tests in Adobe Acrobat for tagging.

I need to do this so that LaTeX will be accepted as a way of producing documents in my organization (I thought we were so close).

To test a document, try this:

  1. Open the PDF in Acrobat Reader
  2. 'file -> 'document properties' -> 'Description'
  3. under 'advanced', you'll see a field, 'tagged pdf'. Ideally it should say 'yes'. But it doesn't :(

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This is tied up in discussions of and producing structured documents, around which there has been some discussion (see tags and links on the right), but the last I saw, there was no clear solution to this. Much of that discussion is now over a year old (see How to create tagged PDF?), which is a long time for coders cooped up in Mom's basement... For that reason, I'd like to re-open this discussion.

Question: does anyone know of any way to create a PDF which passes Acrobat's 'Tagged PDF' test directly from LaTeX?

Edit: Why this is not a duplicate.

The answer to the question that this supposedly duplicates is from 2010 and references a presentation given at at TUG 2010. That presentation is basically "we're working on it", and is not an answer.

Because it is now 2013, I think it reasonable to expect that

  1. There have been new developments in this field through new packages or updates to core LaTeX
  2. Attempting to comply with ADA section 508 will have required that people figure out solutions. This is a relatively recent requirement and so solutions may have changed since 2010
  3. The software that is typically used to judge compliance (Adobe Acrobat) has changed several times since the question was not answered
  4. Packages that address accessibility have been proposed but not come in to widespread use or even disappeared (e.g. the accessibility package, http://www.babs.gmxhome.de/da_ergeb.htm), and it is therefore reasonable to revisit this issue with fresh eyes.

Therefore I request that this question be reopened.

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I can't recall any details, but there was some discussion about it on the ConTeXt mailing list - try searching its archives. How much are you attached to LaTeX? ConTeXt might be a better choice especially in non-academic setting. –  mbork Jul 16 '13 at 19:34
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@Werner - thank you, very relevant, but from 2009, and it includes this comment: "This kind of coding, directly in pdfTEX primitives, is really only useful for testing and “proof of concept” examples". I was hoping that there would be a 2013 version of this called "How to produce ADA-compliant documents from LaTeX"... –  Andy Clifton Jul 16 '13 at 19:38
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@LostBrit: There is not much new; certainly no working solution. There is a german computer science masters thesis from ca. 2007 which shows a fairly complete solution; some german people are looking into it. But no developer has stepped forward as of now. –  Martin Schröder Jul 22 '13 at 9:27
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@MartinSchröder: Do you mean the accessibility package? That's available again at babs.gmxhome.de/download/da_pdftex/accessibility.sty with (german) documentation at babs.gmxhome.de/download/da_pdftex/dok_pdf.pdf. This is the closest thing I've seen to a solution (single package, transparent to authors and passes most of the PDF tests). I'm going to put some time into that as a possible solution. I understand that the package has also been submitted to CTAN, so there might be a "formal", licensed, release as well. –  Andy Clifton Aug 13 '13 at 20:20
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