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Create Accessible Text Files from PDFs

Complex documents may be difficult to make fully accessible. In that case, you do have the option of creating a text file to post in addition to the PDF. By posting a text file, you are providing a way for those who use screen readers to access the information.

How to create a text file from a PDF

Open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat Professional. Select:

  • File
  • Export
  • Text
  • Text (Plain)

Export a pdf as a text file 


Review the text file for errors. Save the corrected file as a .txt file. Post both the PDF and the text file to the website to provide site visitors with a choice.