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Export to PDF - Section 508 Accessibility Compliance

I have a .Net program that includes several Crystal Reports. The program uses Crystal to generate a report and then immediately export it to a PDF format which is saved and used through out the company. Recently we've been doing checks and it was discovered that these PDFs are not compliant with [Section 508||]

The two main issues discovered in the check were:

This document is not [tagged||what are PDF tags and why should I care]; the reading order of the contents may be incorrect

None of the images in this document that need alternate text have it

Are there settings or properties that can be set in the Crystal Report document that would solve these issues when exporting the document to a PDF? If not, is there a thrid party component I could use to solve these issues? I already use [PDFSharp||] to merge PDFs with different orientations (landscape/portriat) and to add security and set document properties like Title, Author, Description, etc. But am unable to figure out how to add tagging or alternate text on images at that point.

If anyone has any advice on the subject I would greatly appreciate it.

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Unfortunately, the tagging options that you are looking for are not available in CR. I do think that it is worthwhile to consider for a future version and will be sure to include it in my thinking as we start planning new releases.

Depending on what you are doing with you reports, you may want to look at deploying the Crystal Reports webForm viewer as this may give you better Section 508 Compliance; however, if PDF is a core requirement, then this will not help you.


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