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  1. InDesign is not correctly role mapping all paragraph styles to tags, when creating an accessible tagged interactive PDF

    I am using InDesign 15.1.1 to create several accessible, tagged PDFs.
     
    I have tagged every paragraph style correctly under the export tags for PDF (Edit all export tags > show: PDF), and I have left any list items and table of contents items with the default ‘Automatic’ tag.
     
    I am exporting as an interactive PDF with ‘Create tagged PDF’ checked. 
     
    Then when viewing the PDF in Acrobat Pro DC, in the Tags pane I have selected ‘Apply role mapping to tags’. This should ensure that in the tags pane in Acrobat, all my original paragraph style names…

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  2. Generic check mark reappears in PDF check box after exporting to Acrobat Pro

    InDesign 14.0.2 and Acrobat Continuous 2019.10.20099

    This issue is about the behavior and appearance of interactive check boxes in documents that have been exported to Interactive PDFs.

    There is a difference in the way that check boxes created in InDesign behave and appear versus those created in Acrobat Pro. The Acrobat Pro Forms preferences are involved in this difference.

    When, in Acrobat Pro Forms Preferences, under Highlight Color, the “Show border hover color for fields” option is selected, check boxes created in InDesign behave and appear in the following manner.

    When a check box is made active, it first appears…

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    Under Review  ·  amaarora responded

    Hi,
    Thanks for reporting the issue. We are reviewing it

    -InDesign Team

  3. Disappearing footnotes on export

    Since updating to the latest major release of InDesign (14), we have been experiencing issues in one of our templates where footnotes have been disappearing from chapters (documents) in a Book when exporting the Book as a PDF.

    This was not an issue in previous versions of InDesign and the template has not changed.

    Is this perhaps a bug?

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  4. Weight remains on text when exported to pdf even if changed to zero.

    I am using InDesign CC 2019 14.01 x64.

    Once a stroke weight has been added, if you then change the stroke weight back to zero, then when you export to pdf the pdf will have a stroke weight added to the text, even though the indesign document looks correct. It may not have the original amount of weight that was added, but it will definitely have what looks to be around a .2 weight added.

    However, if you were to start a new document, then add stroke weight, then click edit - undo stroke weight, then it would export to…

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  5. Missing Glyphs on PDF export in InDesign v17.0

    using the google font Signika, quotation marks and colons give me a missing glyph upon export to pdf. When using v16.4, this is not an issue.

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  6. Drop shadow in exported PDF is a different size

    Certain drop shadows have a different size when they appear in an exported PDF.

    In the attached example, the black shapes each have a drop shadow effect in yellow. When exported, the shadows appear shorter and narrower. The difference is approximately 20 pt narrower and 1 pt shorter. (Note the difference in proportion of the yellow drop shadow and black shape in the screenshots.) I've also included the drop shadow effect attributes.

    This occurs with multiple PDF export settings including the default [High Quality Print]. I am able to reproduce this behavior in both InDesign versions 15.1.2 and 16.0.

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    Under Review  ·  amaarora responded

    Thanks for reporting. We will review the issue shortly.

    -InDesign Team

  7. PDF Hyphenation Bug when line has cross-reference, hyphenated word, and option is to create Tagged PDF

    When exporting an InDesign document to PDF, the hyphenated word is displayed incorrectly in the output PDF.

    It only happens with a line that has cross-reference object, hyphenated word, and option is to create Tagged PDF.

    InDesign 2019 (14.0.1) (MAC/PC) . Also tried it with previous versions and it has the same issue.

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  8. InDesign and Acrobat accessibility conflict

    Adobe InDesign version: 2019 CC

    We are currently trying to establish the best workflow in creating fully accessible PDF's for screen readers and I believe we have come across a bug in the communication between InDesign and Acrobat.

    Quick summary:

    H1 elements on multiple lines read as separate elements unless assigned manually in Acrobat
    The Structure and Article order does not transfer to the PDF

    To explain the issue clearly I have numbered the images in the process order.

    1. Image: 1 InDesign Accessibility setup.png
    2. I have setup ‘paragraph styles’ and used the correct ‘Export Tagging’ tags for each style.
    3. I…
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  9. Multiple text line links tab out of order

    Not sure if InDesign or Acrobat issue: Using 13.1. InDesign - Recently noticed that if I have text that flows to 2 lines and that has a hyperlink behind it, in Acrobat, the tags show the link as having two Link-OBJR, but they are the reverse of reading order. So if you tab the page, you go from 2nd line of text to first. So,

    'Go to
    the store'

    tabs as if it is 'the store' 'go to'. The underlying link is fine--no issue there--it's the tab order and tag order (tag order perhaps then impacting screen readers/accessibility???).

    This is…

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  10. Exported interactive PDF does not honour reading order.

    1 – InDesign 2020 15.0
    2 – Have standard copy with headings and body copy with PDF export tags applied (H1, H2, P etc). Add images between sections of text. Drag elements into the Articles panel in the correct reading order and tick 'Use for Reading Order in Tagged PDF.
    3 – Images should be in the right order
    4 – Images are not in the right order. All figures are in a <Art> tag. This was not an issue in InDesign 2019.
    5 – Order should be first block of text, image (1) and then second block of text…

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    Fix for this issue is now available in the latest update of InDesign 2020 – that is, InDesign 15.0.1

    In the Creative Cloud Desktop application, click on the Updates section on the left. You should be able to see the Update available for InDesign. Please update your InDesign application to this version to try out the fix.

    Let us know in the comments section if you face any problem with the updation process.


    Adobe InDesign Team

  11. Through the single page PDF created from facing the text is displayed

    Through the PDF size under specified conditions, will display the text. Print out also confirmed.
    Please see the link below.
    https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2483538

    Translations by Microsoft® Translator

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  12. Exporting Emojis to PDF

    I built a newsletter with the use of the new Apple Emoji "glyphs" in InDesign and when I went to export it as a PDF, it replaced my emojis with random images from my file.

    I talked with Adobe support and learned that only vector emojis can be used in PDFs which is a bit frustrating! Can we update the PDF export capability to include these new emoji features, so we can use the glyphs like I think that they were intended? I'd be a happy camper!! Thank you in advance!

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  14. "View PDF after exporting" previously opened acrobat, now my computer switches between opening Illustrator, Mircosoft Word, rarely Acrobat

    I've set my computer to use Acrobat as default, yet perhaps you could add an Application of choice to use when view exported PDF.

    Not sure if it's just a bug, but any fix would be welcome. Thank you!

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  15. styles don't export to pdf tags

    All my paragraph styles are set to automatic for export options. When I export to pdf 99.9% comes over as 'span' in the reading order structure, not what it is supposed to be.

    There is the occasional H3 for some reason on some versions exported. Appears totally random. None on attached sample.

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  16. Text formatting can break backlinking endnote texts to endnote refs when exported to PDF (Print)

    Hi together,
    to explain the issue:

    Sometimes backling from endnote text to endnote reference number will not work.

    To make it work at all I found the following minimum requirements for PDF export:

    PDF Export (Print)

    Compatibility: Acrobat 5 (PDF 1.4)

    [x] Create Tagged PDF

    [x] Hyperlinks enabled

    Even with that sometimes only linking from the endnote reference number to the endnote text will work, but not backlinking from the endnote number in the endnote text to the reference in the main text.

    What I found:

    If you want linking back from the endnote number at the start of the…

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  17. InDesign and Acrobat conflict

    I just installed InDesign 2020 15.0. When I try to export a file to PDF I get an error message saying that file is already open, which it is not. Closing Adobe Acrobat and reopening doesn't solve issue, only restarting InDesign does. Hugely inconvenient. I have not been prompted to upgrade Acrobat and I never had that problem with earlier InDesign versions.

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  18. Hyperlinks broken over two lines exports incorrectly to PDF

    Using InDesign CC 13.0.1, I have some urls in a paragraph that are fairly long so have to break over two lines, e.g.

    www.websiteaddress.com/subpage/
    pagename

    When I export to pdf, the link will just link to www.websiteaddress.com/subpage/ and the bit with "pagename" is ignored.

    I found similar problems posted online from a few years back and the workaround was to set your hyperlinks using the hyperlinks palette, not just rely on the pdf to detect the links automatically. I've done this manually to my document, but the problem persists. I can get the full link to work behind the first…

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  19. Dotted line looks pixelated in pdf

    When I export a Indesign file to pdf that has lines in it with japanese dot style, the dots appear pixelated in the pdf. But only the dots on a straight line, the dots in the rounded corner (see attached screenshots) look good, as do the dots on a circle line.

    When I print the file they look good. But as I need to show this document on screen as well it has to look good on screen too.

    Could you please fix this?

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  20. form field tag export

    Current version - InDesign CC 2018

    Form field tags are not created when exporting an interactive .pdf with tags.

    To recreate:
    1. Create a form with form fields.
    2. Add everything to Articles pane in order from top to bottom per page.
    3. Export to interactive .pdf, make sure to elect to create tags and set tabbing order by structure.

    Expected result - when the file runs through the Accessibility checker in Acrobat Pro - it passes.

    Actual result - all form fields are missing tags and does not pass the accessibility checker.

    Everything worked great before I updated InDesign…

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    Fix of the issue is now available in InDesign’s latest November’17 update.
    Please upgrade to the latest version InDesign CC 13.0.1 for the fix.
    If you are unable to see the update, go to Creative Cloud application and click on the context menu on the top right and click on Check for App Updates.
    Thanks,
    InDesign Team

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