CC2020: Alternate text for hyperlinks
In CC2020 a new function for writing alternate text for links was introduced.
Using this function and generating a PDF Leeds to wrong PDF notation. The alt text in PDF is presented by alt text, which is forbidden in the PDF world, where alt text only should be used for non text elements, e.g. pictures. By presenting only the alt text the accessibility is lost – this is against the goal to hav a better output!
A correct output would lead to a content entry.
Note: Alt text for links is under discussion, as such alt text is not present for all users (it would be read out loud, but you can't read it) – this is not about equal access.
Thanks for fixing, this would be a good step for all people relying on accessible PDFs.
Thanks for reporting the issue. We are reviewing it.
Bevi Chagnon commented
@amaaroram this bug affects all Alt-text in the PDF exported from InDesign 2020, not just Alt-text on the hyperlinks (which is a new addition in 2020).
HUGE PROBLEM. Alt-text on graphics and other elements in the document is a major requirement of accessibility standards (PDF-UA and WCAG) and is mandated by national laws of the world's major countries, including India.
My shop has tested and confirmed that the problem is still in the latest 15.0.1 update.
Until this bug is corrected, as well as the other broken accessibility features, no one should upgrade to 2020 if they must create accessible PDFs.
This update prevents all government users of InDesign, at all levels of government worldwide. That's a lot of your customer base!
Should I do two different bug reports with Alternate Text for Hyperlinks and the IDML and IDMS issues?
FWIW: If Alternate Text is not maintained with IDMS it is also NOT WORKING with InDesign library assets and CC Library assets.
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Ah. Same issue with IDML. Had a document with one hyperlink that contains alternate text.
Exported that as IDML file. Opened the IDML file with InDesign 2020 version 22.214.171.124. Hyperlink is there, alternate text contents is missing!
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another issue with Alternate Text for hyperlinks.
The string for alternate text will not be exported with an IDMS file that contains the hyperlink.
Just tested that because I wanted to see how this property can be managed by scripting.
It seems there is no new property for Alternate Text for object Hyperlink in the scripting DOM.
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