I’m really sorry. I just read your
reply and checked again.
What I didn’t notice during my quick
look yesterday is that my Adobe Acrobat Reader DC 64 was
immediately crashing when I opened the PDF I’d just created
and I was being placed back in the Word document. Therefore,
I was hearing the table title and long description, but I
was back in Word. Please excuse me.
I haven’t been able to review the
issue today because I can’t get my Acrobat Reader DC 64 to
run while NVDA or Narrator is running. I’ve tried on two
Interested to know if anyone else has
any feedback or suggestions. However, if you have the
accessibility tags checked, I’ll bet it’s an export
As an effective work-around, you
could place the table title above the table using the
appropriate heading level. This will enable easy navigation
and a clear indication of the information that follows. If a
long description is require to ensure the user will
understand the table, place this in-between the heading and
the table. That way, you can be sure it will be easily
accessible for everyone.
Thanks for checking this for me.
However, I do have the accessibility tags option checked. I
have updated both Office and Acrobat Reader DC. I am also
using Office 365
I have now opened the exported PDF in Word again to see if
word would still show the alt text and the table description.
It didn't. It didn't even show the heading of the document,
this is the main heading not a header of the table. However,
the heading was present in Acrobat Reader, so I don't really
understand what's going on here...
Do you have any idea what else I might check?
I just tested this and the alt text
title and long description for the table are present in
In the export options, ensure “Document
structure tags for accessibility” is checked. Note that I
am using Microsoft 365, so the tags added to the PDF may
have been enhanced since 2016.
Regarding the long description, if this
information is essential for the user to understand the
table’s contents, I recommend including it in the main
body of the document, above the table. Many screen reader
users will not know how to access the long description, so
this approach ensures the information is easy to find.
I have written a Word Document which has a table. In the
table properties, I have added an alternative text and a
description of the table. When I read the table in Word,
NVDA will read the alternative text as well as the
description. When I export the document to PDF, NVDA will
neither read the alternative text nor the description. Is
this because NVDA doesn't support this in Adobe DC, or is
it that Word doesn't include the alternative text and
The same is true for tables created in PowerPoint, when
the files are exported to PDF.