Applies to: QuarkXPress 2018

Summary: A tagged PDF is visually like a standard PDF. However, it contains additional structured and textual representation of the content inside the PDF. This additional data makes the PDF “accessible” as compatible screen readers can read this additional data. QuarkXPress 2018 allows to create tagged PDF files, providing you tools to add structure and alternate textual representation of elements in a layout.


HEADING TAGS FOR PDF- One of the most important check list items for tagged PDF is “Heading Levels”. This allows you to give a structure and order to the text inside the PDF. QuarkXPress 2018 allows you to specify the Heading Levels in Paragraph Style Sheets. You may specify a heading level while creating a paragraph style sheet, or by editing an existing style sheet. All style sheets are tagged as “Paragraph” by default.

OTHER TAGS FOR PDF- PDF tags allow you to provide structure to content for various items. QuarkXPress automatically tags content based on its type, like: Tables, Lists, Hyperlinks, Figures, Table of Contents etc. You do not need to change anything for these tags to be exported to PDF.

ALTERNATE TEXT FOR PICTURES AND ARTIFACTS IN PDF- You must specify Alternate Text for all pictures that you want the screen reader to read. You can do so using the “Export Options” for each item that you want to tag. You can find “Export Options…” under the Item Menu, or the Contextual Menu.

You can specify the Alternate Text for an item in the Export Options dialog. If you want the screen readers to ignore this item, mark it as “Artifact” in this dialog. You usually mark all furniture items of the page as Artifacts since they are there to enhance the visual appeal of the page and are not part of the content.