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 the PDF.
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
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 table description?
The same is true for tables created in PowerPoint,
when the files are exported to PDF.