Accessible PDF Exports?

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Brandon Ballentine

23 Sep, 2015 01:30 PM


I use Marked (which is awesome, BTW) mostly to create PDF versions of my Markdown documents. I work in an academic setting, and our materials need to be ADA compliant. I noticed that the exported PDFs do not include the alt text descriptions I add in my original Markdown files. Is there a way to add that info to the template?

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Brett on 23 Sep, 2015 02:25 PM

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    Hi Brandon,

    This is a good question. When Marked creates a paginated PDF, it uses
    the WebKit print system. As far as I can see, the attribute tags on
    links are not converted to anything useful in the output PDF. I'd be
    happy to work on a conversion system if there were a markup solution
    that would solve this, but I can't find evidence of any way to actually
    do it. I can use CSS to actually include the text in the output, but not
    as the invisible-but-accessible tags you'd get when using Acrobat, etc.

    If you know of any references for this, I'd welcome the info. I'm
    considering a more ground-up PDF engine in the future (after I finish
    the updated RTF export), that would allow me to build the PDF with
    templates. Currently, though, it's based on the same system you'd have
    if you printed from Safari.


  2. 2 Posted by Brandon Ballent... on 24 Sep, 2015 11:03 AM

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    Hi Brett,

    Thanks for the quick response. I will keep an eye out for a markup system to handle the attributes. If I find anything, I will let you know!


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