We do not publish PDF-only content on the website.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.