publish online accessibility
Since the web has accessibility standards and guidelines, the documents created and hosted online using Publish Online should follow those guidelines, at least the most basic parts.
For example, a screen reader cannot read out any text on the pages because all the text is embedded into images. This makes the documents unusable for anybody with vision difficulties.
Please consider adding an option to create these files with the actual text saved as HTML paragraphs, headers, lists, anchors, etc. This would make it suitable for the web and much more appealing.
I love making interactive documents with Adobe Indesign and publish them online. However, with the Accessibility guidelines I cannot make them anymore for my clients.
Liz B commented
It's 2023! Accessibility needs to be a priority. This is an absolutely critical requirement. Please tell us what you're doing about it, Adobe...
Publish online has been available for a long time, accessibility (in particular screen reader support) is now an absolute necessity and should have been added a long time ago.
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I too require outputs that are compliant with Sec 508. This page makes it seem like as long as you incorporate the alt tags in the indesign file, the HTML output would contain the accessibility features (when you export to html).
However, it does not currently specify about the "publish online" function itself, so I'm guessing you would have to do an html export? Can anyone clarify?
Camila Hardy commented
Agreed, we need Publish online to have accessibility features otherwise we won't be able to sell it to our clients... it is a major down.
Is it not possible yet? Can anyone from adobe confirm?
Richard Spensley commented
Can anyone at Adobe let us know if this is even being worked on? It is super important.
Ditto that. Making publish online have a feature that would pull headlines, text and images to be screen readable and meet web content accessibility guidelines 2.0 would make it invaluable for higher education and government agencies with piles of content waiting for this online upgrade.
I coordinate publications for a regional office of a federal government agency. I'd love to use Publish Online but am not able to until the product is compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act--echoing the other comments here. It was really cool to see Publish Online at AdobeMAX this week. Sure would love to have something like that with accessibility features!
There are two kinds of people in the world--those with disabilities and those who do not have them *yet*. Any one of us could need these features a year from now. Providing them now for those who do is the right thing to do! Thank you, InDesign Team for working on this!
My company is requiring all web-based content be 508 compliant.
We have great hope of expanding our us of online publishing.
Are you working to make it 508 compliant in future updates?