PDF not tagged Accessibility Checkpoint


PDFs must be tagged to be accessible by screen readers.


Enable the ‘Document structure tags’ option in Word, or the ‘Tagged PDF’ option in OpenOffice when exporting, or use the ‘Make Accessible’ plug-in for Adobe Acrobat.

Applicable standards

Note: Section 508 Refresh (2017) checkpoints are equivalent to WCAG 2.0 level A and level AA checkpoints.

Change history

  • 5.10 Oct 2015 Updated for Matterhorn Protocol 1.02.
  • 4.4 Aug 2011 Don’t complain about lack of tagging if page could not be retrieved due to network or server error.
  • 4.2 Dec 2010 Now triggers Section 508 1194.22 (a).
  • 4.0 Jun 2010 PDFs can be tagged in 2 ways internally: check StructTreeRoot and MarkInfo.
  • 4.0 Jun 2010 Added.

This page describes a web site issue detected in PDF documents by SortSite Desktop and OnDemand Suite.

Rule ID: AccWcag2-1.3.1-1