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PDF Remediation

PDF documents can pose unique accessibility challenges and limit access for individuals with print-disabilities. Generally speaking, it is easier to create an accessible PDF document from Microsoft Word or other word-processing applications rather than fixing the PDF document directly. However, there are often situations in which you must fix the accessibility issues with the PDF document instead of relying on other formats.


Equidox is a web-based application that allows for the editing and remediating of PDF documents for accessibility purposes. Document authors can upload the PDF and use the tools to set headings, provide text descriptions for images, specify the reading order, and recognize data tables. Equidox currently allows for the export of accessible PDF documents, HTML, and ePub 2 files.

The CCC Accessibility Center has acquired a limited number of licenses for California Community College members to use at no cost. At this time, licenses are limited to approximately 3 per college. To gain access to Equidox, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a request for Equidox.

It is strongly recommended that college staff do not upload documents containing Protected Health Information (PHI) or other content associated with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Due to the nature in which documents are stored, this information does not meet legal privacy requirements.

The Equidox Introductory and Advanced Topics videos are now available to provide an overview of the Equidox application.

Adobe Acrobat Professional

Adobe Acrobat Professional contains accessibility and remediation tools to fix PDF documents and check for basic accessibility features. To open the Accessibility tools in Adobe Acrobat DC, go to View > Tools > Accessibility. Adobe has provided additional information for remediating PDF documents with Acrobat DC: