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UPDATE: Accessible PDF session notes

The post containing notes from the Accessible PDF sessions has been refined and updated to include a better workflow for making PDFs accessible, notes about having a PDF read aloud, and working with PDF scans from books in which two book pages exist on one page in the PDF.

Please contact ITEC if you have any questions about any of this information.

Adobe Acrobat Pro: Working with Book Scans

Many times a PDF document is scanned from a book, placing two book pages onto a single page in the PDF document (example below). While this saves time in the scanning process, it can produce some difficulties for those accessing the document from a screen reader or using the read-aloud tools because the PDF reader doesn't know where the correct page order.

There is a way to split these two pages into single pages within the PDF. Know that there will be clean up to do after this is complete. The tools mentioned in this guide will help with the document cleanup.

The steps to convert a book-scanned document into a single-pages document is as follows:
Click File > Print.Choose Adobe PDF as the printer.In the print dialogue:
- Click Properties > Layout > Advanced...
- From the Paper size drop-down select PostScript Custom page size.
- Enter the desired height and width. In this case I used 11" for the width and 8.5" for the height.
- Click OK.
- Click OK.
- Click OK.Click P…

Adobe Acrobat Pro/Reader: Read Documents Aloud

It is possible to have Adobe Acrobat Pro or the free version, Adobe Reader, read documents aloud to you.

This is a great tool for those who learn best by hearing. Listen and reading can also help with comprehension. The only requirement to be able to do this is that the document has rendered text. if you need to render the text through running character recognition, you can read how to here.

To have a document read to you:
1. Click View > Read Out Loud > Activate Read Out Loud
2. Click View > Read Out Loud, and then choose the option you wish. You can have it read to the end of the current page or to the end of the document.

Once the document is being read, you can access the same menu to pause, stop, or deactivate the reading.

ITEC Workshops Spring 2017

We will be continuing our series of workshops this semester investigating topics related to teaching and learning. We are especially excited this semester about having guest presenters for a number of the sessions. Please do make an effort to support our colleagues.

The spring rotation starts February 6 and runs through April 14. Sessions will be scheduled two days per week at different times.
Monday sessions will be held 4-5PM. Thursday sessions will be held from 12-1:00PM. Locations and links to RSVP are listed below.  We hope that this staggered schedule will maximize opportunities for people to attend.

Click here for a downloadable, printable copy of the schedule.

If you are interested in attending a session, but unable to do so, please feel free to enter your information onto our waiting list form. The form can be found here:

If you have questions about any of the sessions or suggestions for topics that we should include, please contact

Spring 2017: PDF Accessibility Workshops

The Library, IT, and LEADS offices are offering four sessions on creating accessible PDF documents. These sessions are meant to be a hands-on look at working with PDF files in Adobe Acrobat. Please feel free to bring your own computer to work along with the presenters.
The four sessions are:
Wednesday, 1/11/17, 10:30-11:30 am, Science Center 150
Wednesday, 1/11/17, 2-3 pm, Learning Studio (Library)*
Monday, 1/23/17, 12:30-1:20 pm, Science Center 150
Friday, 1/27/17, 12:30-1:20 pm Learning Studio (Library)*
RSVP Form Please let us know if you will be attending one of the sessions by using the appropriate RSVP form above.
If you are interested in attending a session, but are unable to do so, please feel free to enter your information onto our waiting list form. The form can be found here:
*The seating will be limited to 12 for the two sessions which will take place in the Learning Studio.