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Introduction to PDF Accessibility

Automatic Tagging

To apply automatic tagging to your document using Foxit PDF Editor, go to the Accessibility tab and select Autotag Document. Tags may still need to be reviewed after applying automatic tags.


Foxit autotag document tool


Note: automatic tagging has limitations with accuracy and sometimes produces unreliable tagging results. You can use automatic tagging for simple documents, however, avoid automatic tagging for documents with complex structures. You may have more accurate results starting with an optimized source document or using manual tagging.

Manual Tagging

Even after optimizing a document's source file, tags may need to be manually checked and cleaned up. Incorrect tags may need adjusted and empty tags should be removed. In Foxit PDF Editor, there are two ways to access the tags:


  1. Using the Tag View.
  2. Using the Reading Order tool.


To open the Tag View, go to the View tab and select View Setting > Navigation Panels > Tags.


Accessing the Tags View in Foxit


The Tags navigation panel will expand:


Tags navigation panel in Foxit


To modify a tag, right-click on the tag entry in the navigation panel. Select your tag options:


  • New Tag...
  • Cut
  • Delete Tag
  • Delete Empty Tags
  • Find (to search for tag elements) 
  • Properties (to edit the tag type)


In the Tags navigation panel you can also click and drag tags to move a tag to the appropriate location of the Tag panel. 


Note: When adjusting the order using the Tags panel, the order of elements in the Order panel may also need to be manually checked and updated.


To use the Reading Order tool, go to the Accessibility tab and select the Reading Order tool.


Accessing the Reading Order tool in the accessibility tab of Foxit


Use your cursor to create a box over any element that needs tagged. Use the Touch Up Reading Order options to choose the appropriate tag.


Touch up reading order tool options


General guidelines:


  • Use Heading 1 for document titles.
  • Use Heading 2 - 6 for other sub-headings as needed.
  • Use Text for paragraph text.
  • Use Table for untagged tables.
  • Use Figure for non-decorative images that need alternative text.
  • Use Background/Artifact for repeated content and decorative images that do not need alternative text.
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