PDF content

We do not publish PDF-only content on the website. PDF files are less accessible than web flat pages, or HTML pages, so PDFs should not be used without a flat page alternative.

Make sure PDFs are altered to meet accessibility standards, you can check this using the accessibility checker in Adobe Acrobat Pro.

The PDF should have:

  • correctly tagged content within Adobe (as headings, text, tables, images, etc)
  • the correct reading order within Adobe
  • alt text added to all images
  • bookmarks for all main headings in the navigation pane and the PDF file set to open this pane automatically
  • the language specified (usually English)

We are constantly improving based on research and best practice. Any significant changes to our guidance are available on the Updates page.