Accessible documents - PDFs
If a PDF is inaccessible:
- It may be image-based and completely inaccessible (start with step 1) or
- text-based but untagged and only somewhat accessible (start with step 2)
IT's document converter service automatically converts image-based pdfs and images into semi-accessible, text-based electronic documents.
To request the service:
- Send an email message to email@example.com from a University of Montana email account with the document you want converted attached.
- You should send as clean a copy of the original document as possible. The following contribute to poor quality PDFs:
- notes in the margins,
- highlighting, and
- smudged or fuzzy text.
- You should receive a return email with your converted document attached in both a text-based PDF format and text-based word document format within a few minutes.
- As with all other document creation, a final proofread will catch errors in optical character reading text conversions.
- Once you have a text-based document, the easiest way to tag it is to use a word processor.
- The steps for tagging a document are included on the document page - select Document from the top right.
- Once you've followed those steps, please save the document as a pdf. Saving a document in PDF format is different than printing it as a PDF document. The latter produces an image rather than a text-based document.