Accessible Headings in Adobe Acrobat

How do I create accessible headings in Adobe Acrobat?


Headings provide readers with an outline of a document. Users can jump from heading to heading and can see what is going to be in the document without having to read it all. Headings are have six levels of tags. <H1> through <H6>. These tags are important because they establish part of the hierarchy. An <H1> tag should always be above the rest of the heading tags. An <H6> tag is always the lowest heading tag. Heading 1 level tags are always labeled with a name for a section or sometimes a title. The lower heading tags are for sections within a section. Hence the importance of the hierarchy.

Step-by-Step Guide to Accessible Headings in Adobe Acrobat with the Tags Pane

  1. Click the Selection Tool.

    Selection Tool in Adobe Acrobat.
  2. Select the heading.

  3. Open the Options Menu in the Tags Pane.

    Options dropdown menu in Adobe Acrobat.
  4. Select Create Tag from Selection.

  5. Select the appropriate tag from the dropdown menu (Heading Level 1 through Heading Level 6) and click OK.

    New Tag box with Type set to Heading Level 1.
    Accessibility Tags pan open with an established hierarchy.