Tab and Reading Order
This article applies to: Web Accessibility
The order in which content is presented or accessed needs to be defined for screen readers, keyboard navigation and small or zoomed in screens.
Tag order defines how screen readers will read the content. Tab order determines how users will tab through a document with their keyboard. This will also dictate how they navigate from one form field to the next. Reflow order determined the order content is presented on a mobile devise or zoomed in screen for people with poor vision.
Lynda.com video Understanding reading order.
In Word, use the column tool on the Page Layout ribbon to correctly define reading order.
Lynda.com tutorial on Controlling reading order in InDesign
Lynda.com tutorial on Setting Tab order in Acrobat DC.
Lynda.com tutorial on defining tab order for forms in Acrobat
Lynda.com tutorial on Tagging content using the Order pane in Acrobat (for reflow reading order)
In the reading order, you may need to drag and drop elements. Sometimes an element won't move to the position you want. To fix this:
- Try dragging other elements below an item you want to move up.
- Try dragging other elements above an item you want to move down.