PDF to Text Conversion

The Universal Design Toolkit

The Universal Design Toolkit is a set of simple principles to apply to your course materials that allows instructors to provide content that works for everyone. There are practices to follow for Documents and Presentations; Audio and Video; and Utilities and Tools. PDF to Text Conversion (Optical Character Recognition) is one of the utilities in the toolkit.

PDF to Text Conversion (Optical Character Recognition)

Portable Document Format (PDF) files created using a scanner or copier are saved as images. If this PDF contains text, you are required to convert the PDF to text or character so that the PDF is searchable and compatible with assistive technologies like screen readers.

To determine if a PDF is text-based and searchable, open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat DC and with a mouse select text on the page. If you cannot select a line of text with your mouse, the PDF is an image file and needs to be converted to text. The process is:

  1. Open the PDF in Adobe Acrobat DC
  2. From the menu select View, click Tools, click Scan & OCR, click Open
  3. From the menu select Scan & OCR, click Recognize Text, click In this file
  4. When the process is complete, select File and click Save

Note: When creating a PDF file, it is always best to start with a Microsoft Word document that is searchable and compatible with assistive technologies like screen readers and export to a PDF file.

Support Options

  1. Contact an Instructional Design Partner to assist you making instructional materials are usable by as many people as possible, regardless of disability or assistive technology in your course. Access is the responsibility of instructors creating and teaching courses. 
  2. To request technical support, submit a Technology Service Desk email to start a ticket. 

 

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Article ID: 110699
Created
Tue 6/23/20 12:40 PM
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Fri 10/9/20 2:51 PM

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