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I have been thinking about ways to improve accessible authoring in LibreOffice Writer. As far as I know, Writer (in and in LibreOffice) is the only open source office software that can export tagged PDF, which is important for accessibility. When you open the PDF Options dialog (File -> Export as PDF...), the options "Tagged PDF" and "Export bookmarks" on the General tab and the option "Bookmarks and page" on the Initial View tab are unchecked by default. When you check them, they remain checked for later export commands. However, wouldn't it be better if these options were checked by default? Checking these options does not magically make your PDF documents accessible, because that depends on the quality of the ODF source. So should we request this feature now or should we wait until an accessibility checker for Writer becomes available?

Best regards,


Christophe Strobbe
K.U.Leuven - Dept. of Electrical Engineering - SCD
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