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Editorial Workflow Technology

Streamlines and standardizes PDF
creation, print and publishing output and content correction workflows for
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Making Content Accessible from within Adobe InDesign

No need for revision / post-processing in Adobe Acrobat!




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axaio software plug-ins enhance native capabilities and features of
Adobe® InDesign®, InCopy®, Illustrator® and QuarkXPress® environments.

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    axaio solutions are being used by public authorities, publishing houses,
    advertisement agencies, media services agencies, prepress service providers,
    printers and packaging companies, insurance companies, associations,
    banks and financial services entities, education and research institutions,
    all over the world.

    They can seamlessly integrate into publishing systems such as vjoon K4,
    WoodWing Enterprise, Van Gennep PlanSystem4, and Quark Publishing System,
    and workflow automation platforms such as
    Laidback Solutions FileTrain and Enfocus Switch.

    axaio software is also focusing on to provide support for the ISO Standard PDF/UA
    for universally accessible PDF documents and PDF forms,
    a theme of growing importance in going forward.


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Accessible PDF


A fully PDF/UA compliant PDF can be just as
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axaio MadeToTag
Making Content Accessible from within Adobe InDesign





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    axaio MadeToTag is a plugin to Adobe InDesign that generates
    accessible PDF documents from within Adobe InDesign according to
    the ISO standard PDF/UA for universally accessible PDF.


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No need for revision / post-processing in Adobe Acrobat!


    When axaio MadeToTag shows its strength and makes a difference:
    Some functions such as accessible complex tables (multi-columns and multi-rows),
    anchored frames, support of caption, blockquote & index, endnotes & footnotes,
    or automatically generated tables of contents for entire Adobe InDesign books too,
    only become possible with axaio MadeToTag.


    Unique 7-step guide ensures that you do not miss out on any important action!
    The MadeToTag User Interface (UI) is based on an easy to follow 7-steps guide,
    which will lead you safely, intuitively and logically through the necessary steps
    you will need to take to generate a digitally accessible PDF document
    according to the PDF/UA standard.






    An accessible PDF can also fulfill PDF requirements
    for archiving/long-term preservation

    axaio MadeToTag was developed to support workflows where tagged and
    accessible PDF documents need to be created from Adobe InDesign.

    Much of the importance of tagging and structuring however also exists
    for workflows where long-term archiving of PDF documents is important.


    axaio MadeToTag supports the following ISO Standards:

    • ISO 14289-1, PDF/UA-1 for universally accessible PDF documents
    • and

    • PDF/UA-1 & PDF/A-2a, for long-term archiving of PDF documents

An accessible PDF can simultaneously meet several PDF standards
"PDF/UA-1 and PDF/A-2a"

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Podcasts

    CHAX Chat Podcast Episode 5
    - Accessibility Unraveled by Dax Castro and Chad Chelius:

    • axaio MadeToTag fills a hole that is lacking inside Adobe InDesign
    • - Chad Chelius:
      "axaio MadeToTag helps us to make compliant tables
      right out of Adobe InDesign, as well as a host of other
      great features to extend our ability to create
      accessible PDFs from Adobe InDesign."

      "I don’t think I can live without it. I use it all the time.
      And it really helps me to to reduce the amount of time
      that I spend remediating files."




axaio MadeToTag Training

Quick Training Course / Online Webinars on
axaio MadeToTag for Adobe InDesign


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"Create barrier-free and universally accessible PDF documents,
according to the ISO Standard PDF/UA, easier and faster from within
Adobe InDesign with axaio MadeToTag"

No need to afterwards manually readjust the PDF with Adobe Acrobat!




Related Product Ordering Numbers / Price Information

axaio MadeToTag software can be obtained via license acquisition.


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1pcs axaio MadeToTag for Adobe InDesign, 599Euro, excl. VAT
(for 5pcs or more licenses volume discount apply!)

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Tagged PDF - A prerequisite for accessible PDF documents

    Properly tagged PDFs are essential and a prerequisite for accessibility
    so that screen reader devices for visually impaired people or
    reading software for users with learning disabilities can
    provide rich access to a PDF’s content.

    Tagged PDFs also enable screen reader software programs to offer
    easy navigation and accessible presentation of content in PDF files.


    An accessible PDF is also a mobile-friendly PDF.
    Mobile PDF readers increasingly include the capability to reflow,
    so that the document adjusts to various screen sizes.

    A PDF must be properly tagged to reflow reliably.

    So besides that tagged documents are accessible to assistive
    technology users, PDF accessibility is vitally important for the
    huge and rapidly growing number of mobile device users.

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Display of structure tags in a correctly tagged PDF document
(using callas pdfGoHTML)


    On top of that, PDF tags are also an effective method to improve
    the company’s Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

    The tags in the PDF file follow concepts similar to those found in HTML.

    Properly used tags place websites higher in the search engine rankings;
    the same applies when searching for PDF documents.

    Even automated text extraction from PDF documents
    is easier with correctly-tagged PDF documents.


    Who shall care?

    Accessible PDF files are fundamental for barrier-free access to digital information
    from eGovernments/public administrations and enterprises serving the public sector.

    Legal requirements for accessibility to digital information for all in the society
    (see the EU Web Accessibility Directive, the Swedish Act on Access to Public Services,
    the Swedish Discrimination Act, ...., the German BGG, BITV and EU mandate 376)
    impose that the public sector offers all digital content,
    webpages as well as PDF documents, in an accessible form.

    But also media service providers, advertising/communication agencies, banks,
    insurances agencies, representatives of associations and institutions as well as
    students and lecturers at colleges and universities increasingly consider it
    their duty to have their written materials available as accessible documents.
    Nothing is simpler than that with axaio MadeToTag within Adobe InDesign.

    axaio MadeToTag is the leading tool for simple, fast and reliable tagging
    in Adobe InDesign of document content to make it accessible to all.




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axaio MadeToTag
Making Content Accessible - from within Adobe InDesign

    Why axaio MadeToTag?

    Adobe InDesign is ranked by many as the industry leading software for
    page design and layout and for export of PDF files for print and digital media.

    Adobe InDesign can create tables, footnotes, endnotes, table of contents,
    hyperlinks and tags before exporting a document as an accessible PDF.


    Adobe Indesign exports standard PDF output:

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    But due to shortage in Adobe InDesign, InDesign does not always
    correctly export PDF output fully compliant with PDF/UA:

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Validation of PDF/UA compliance (using callas pdfaPilot):
"Document not PDF/UA compliant!"

    For this reason it’s worth looking into axaio MadeToTag that exports
    accessible PDF output from Adobe InDesign much better.


    axaio MadeToTag kicks in where Adobe InDesign fails!

    axaio MadeToTag makes Adobe InDesign PDF documents
    accessible for everyone according to the ISO Standard PDF/UA.

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    axaio MadeToTag is a plugin for Adobe® InDesign®
    to properly prepare InDesign documents for export as
    accessible PDF documents according to
    the ISO Standard PDF/UA ("universally accessible PDF").

    The exported PDF dokument contains all important criteria for
    accessible PDF and also complies with PDF/A-2a for long-term archiving.

    The PDFs created with MadeToTag are also compliant with the applicable
    requirements of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (W3C/WCAG)
    which were translated into rules for accessible PDFs.


    axaio MadeToTag is an indispensable tool to export
    accessible PDF documents out of comprehensive and
    complex Adobe InDesign documents, such as
    annual reports, stock exchange prospectus,...


    axaio MadeToTag addresses a lot of the shortcomings of Adobe InDesign,
    and adds the following enhanced capabilities:

    • Significantly more powerful support for tagging of complex tables;
      including definition of scope and row headings in tables

    • Create links in footnotes

    • Locate common problems such as faux lists,
      empty paragraphs, and figures with no alt text

    • Locate text with insufficient contrast

    • Set the language of selected text

    • PDF optimization

    • ..., and much more

    Files that are exported from within Adobe InDesign with
    axaio MadeToTag are immediately PDF/UA compliant
    without any further intervention after export.



    axaio MadeToTag extends and enhances
    Adobe InDesign’s basic capabilities

    The MadeToTag plug-in defines the content and
    semantic structure of the InDesign document based on tags.

    PDF files can not only define the visual appearance of pages in
    a document, but can also be enhanced by so-called "tags" that
    define a semantic structure for the page content.

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Display of the internal Tag Tree Structure in a tagged PDF file
(using PDF Accessibility Checker (PAC))


    Content that has been organized into articles can be exported to
    tagged PDF very easily. In addition to organizing the content
    into articles, it is also necessary to assign standard tag types
    to paragraph style sheets, to add alternate text to images.

    MadeToTag extends and enhances Adobe InDesign’s basic capabilities
    to structure content for export to a tagged PDF and takes advantage of
    the "Articles" panel and makes it possible to use it in a much easier,
    much faster and more reliable way.

    MadeToTag provides intuitive controls and practical overview while working.
    Instead of tedious manual dragging and dropping, MadeToTag allows you
    to easily structure your Adobe InDesign files via shortcuts.

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Display of the internal Tag Tree Structure in a tagged PDF file
(using callas pdfGoHTML)


    The manual revision step with Adobe Acrobat can be skipped,
    tags no longer need to be revised / post-processed in Adobe Acrobat!
    This leads to large time savings as well as improved and more reliable
    navigation within the document in favor of reading software, for example.



    axaio MadeToTag increases productivity effectively

    With MadeToTag customers, faced with the request to
    deliver accessible PDFs, get a practical and solid tool,
    helping not to get lost in the complex accessibility
    processing procedures.

    For Adobe InDesign-based documents that have to be
    maintained and updated regularly, such as datasheets,
    brochures, annual reports, booklets, forms, timetables,...,
    is it recommend to do the accessibility work in Adobe InDesign
    complemented with he axaio MadeToTag plug-in,
    rather than in the final exported PDF.

    While it is possible to export to a tagged PDF using Adobe InDesign’s
    built-in features, MadeToTag dramatically increases the productivity
    for users creating universally accessible tagged PDFs (PDF/UA format)
    from their Adobe InDesign documents.

    Time-consuming problems with the PDF export feature of Adobe InDesign
    are solved in the background by MadeToTag, without any user effort.

    MadeToTag saves an enormous amount of time, helps avoiding errors,
    eliminates tedious manual post-processing in Adobe Acrobat,
    and delivers high-quality results.

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Validation of PDF/UA compliance
(using callas pdfaPilot):
"Document PDF/UA compliant!"


    MadeToTag provides its own tagged PDF export mechanism.
    The MadeToTag tagged PDF export also carries out several
    extra steps not otherwise available in Adobe InDesign.

    Furthermore it fixes a number of critical bugs which are crucial
    for generation of an accessible PDF document.



    Key Features:

    Intuitive visual tools and lots of keyboard shortcuts to:

    • Define export tags for document styles.

    • Structure content using articles.

    • Practical color highlight check and review of the export tags.

    • Correct tagging of lists, tables, links,
      tables of content and form fields.

    • Use Structure Preview to intuitively and
      quickly check tagging quality.

    • Edit/add alternate texts for images,
      graphic descriptions and document metadata.

    • Allocation of languages used in the document
      for an enhanced language output.

    • Easy tagging of complex tables by table rows and columns.

    • Reliable processing of tags included in anchored frames,
      e.g. titles and lists.

    • Check export tags with colored preview.

    • Repair features for common problems as
      incorrectly defined lists, empty paragraphs, etc.

    • Check for insufficient color contrast.

    • Comfortable handling of interactive form fields.

    • Tagging preview using callas pdfGoHTML technology
      for a quick tagging quality check.

    • Control of language settings for paragraph,
      character styles and local formatings.

    • Control of document metadata.

    • Optimization of 'anchored frames' for export of tagged PDFs

    • Export of complete Adobe InDesign books as tagged PDF

    • Reliable and intuitive user interface flow.

    • Keyboard shortcuts for quickest operation.

    • Export optimized tagged PDF using callas pdfToolbox technology.

    • Optimization of form fields.

    • Export into tagged PDF based on the ISO standards:

      • PDF/UA (accessible PDF) and

      • PDF/A-2a (long-term archiving of accessible PDF)



    Product Benefits:

    • Extends the power of Adobe InDesign CS6 until CC2022.

    • Accurate, fast and easy generation of tagged PDF/UA.
      Makes it very easy to make any Adobe InDesign file
      ready for accessibility.

    • Observance of PDF/UA relevant document elements
      for accessible PDF generation.

    • Create accessible documents in only 7 steps.

    • Reliable results through built-in control checks.

    • Reliable and comprehensive structuring and tagging of
      different content; such as headers, text, lists, etc.

    • Allows reliable and comprehensive tagging of
      contents in a short amount of time.

    • Problem locator identifies and automatically fixes problems
      usually encountered within Adobe InDesign such as
      incorrect hyphens, misplaced hard returns or
      incorrectly formatted lists.

    • Locates images that don't have an alternative text,
      which is required for creating accessible PDFs.
      Missing alternative texts can be added within seconds.

    • Color highlighting feature prevents missing or mis-tagged content.

    • Tagging structure preview for better control.

    • Optimized and intuitive user interface enables fast processing.

    • Note! No rework in Adobe Acrobat needed.

    • Certainty, to be prepared for upcoming, or already in place,
      official regulations on the availability of accessible documents:

      • Optimal support for legal requirements for physically impaired
        people and for accessibility in the information technology
        (such as described in the German BGG, BITV and EU mandate 376).

    • Improves your company’s Search Engine Optimization.

    System Requirements:

    • Adobe® InDesign® CS6 - CC2022.

    • For macOS and Windows.

    • Native support of Apple Mac/iMac M1 (ARM chip technology).

    • MadeToTag is available in English, German, French,
      Danish, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish.



axaio MadeToTag 7-steps guide

Practical 7-step user guide
on how to easily tag PDF documents
with MadeToTag from within Adobe Indesign.

    The 7-step guide ensures that you do not miss out on any important action!

    The MadeToTag User Interface (UI) is based on an easy
    to follow 7-steps guide, which will lead you safely,
    intuitively and logically through the necessary steps
    you will need to take to generate a digitally accessible PDF document
    according to the PDF/UA standard.




axaio MadeToTag workflow features
tagged PDF in only 7 simple steps!

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    axaio MadeToTag helps tagging InDesign files in a user-friendly,
    logically structured and intuitive way. Includes a very handy list of
    shortcuts for quick and easy tagging, problem locators to avoid
    mistakes and previews of collected or not collected articles for
    a better overview increase the operator's productivity.

    Graphical user-interface allows step-by-step guidance for creating
    a universally accessible tagged PDF file (PDF/UA format).
    This new user-friendly concept offers a better overview
    of the necessary tasks and provides a higher level of
    control and security.

    axaio MadeToTag makes it easy to specify the intended
    content reading order which in turn dramatically shapes
    the reader's experience of the designed content.

    Provides support and visual feedback to tag assignment of
    semantic, reading order, alternative text for images and graphics,
    language settings, advanced table tagging, and metadata.

    Directly export to PDF/UA-1 format, or PDF/UA-1 & PDF/A-2a format.
    Saves time and provides increased reliability and efficiency.

    In the case of choosing PDF/UA-1 & PDF/A-2a as export file (Task 7 below),
    the exported file will be a "PDF/UA-1 + PDF/A-2a" file,
    the PDF/A-2a file is PDF/UA compatible too.


    Tag PDF files with MadeToTag in 7 short steps

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Overview: Click on image

    In only 7 steps (tasks) tagged PDF files can be created with
    axaio MadeToTag from within Adobe InDesign:

    • Task 1. Define and review the export tags

    • Task 2. Task 2. Structure content into articles

    • Task 3. Alternate text

    • Task 4. Review document metadata

    • Task 5. Language

    • Task 6. Table structure

    • Task 7. Create tagged PDF file

    After having exported the PDF document from axaio MadeToTag (Task 7),
    it is highly recommended to review the tagging structure in
    the exported PDF document and its PDF/UA conformance with:


When MadeToTag Shines


Tagging of Complex Table Structures

    Typical use case where native Adobe InDesign fails
    is tagging of complex tables with headers spanning over
    multi-columns and multi-rows:

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Figure: Sample of untagged/inaccessible complex table.
Headers spanning over multi-columns and multi-rows


    It is not possible to tag above table in native Adobe InDesign.
    In theory it could be tagged in Adobe Acrobat,
    but it would take many, many hours at least.


    MadeToTag and the "Smart Headers editing mode" feature
    supports tagging of complex tables:

    Using axaio MadeToTag plugin for Adobe InDesign and
    the "Smart headers editing mode" feature, it only takes a few minutes
    to correctly tag the same table, as evidenced by the pictures below:

axaio MadeToTag, Correctly PDF/UA Tagged Table, Headers Spanning over Multi-Columns and Multi-Rows - Picture 1

Figure: PDF/UA-tagged complex table.
Headers spanning over multi-columns and multi-rows.
Content cell (green) linked to both corresponding
row header (yellow) and column header (yellow)


axaio MadeToTag, Correctly Tagged Complex Tables in PDF Document, Headers Spanning over Multi-Columns and Multi-Rows - Picture 2

Figure: PDF/UA-tagged complex table.
Headers spanning over multi-columns and multi-rows.
Column content cells (blue) linked to both corresponding
column header (green) and top multi-column header (yellow)






Tagging of MathML
Support of MathML-based mathematical formulas and equations
in tagged PDF that meets the ISO standard PDF/UA

    MadeToTag provides significant functional boost to better meet
    the demand for accessible PDF documents and now supports
    mathematical equations and expressions in tagged PDF/UA documents.

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    axaio software has been working extensively on how to handle
    mathematical expressions in the context of MadeToTag.

    There are users who need to export InDesign documents
    containing a variety of equations and other mathematical
    expressions as accessible PDF documents.

    At the same time, the PDF/UA standard guidelines
    do not yet contain any concrete specifications as to how
    this type of content should be tagged or output in PDF
    to ensure comprehensive accessibility.

    After intensive research and discussions with customers
    from various sectors, such as the science industry,
    the school and education system and the publishing industry,
    axaio software has come to the conclusion that there
    cannot be only one correct approach:

      The way mathematical content is consumed
      varies in manner and intensity, depending on
      the context and background of the reader,
      i.e. the person who finally consumes that content.

    Accordingly,
    the methods used for the accessible implementation
    of mathematical expressions in tagged PDF should also
    offer different variants.


    movemen MathTools brings MathML to Adobe InDesign

    A first variant for MathML (Mathematical MarkUp Language)
    support in MadeToTag was developed in a strategic cooperation
    with the German manufacturer movemen GmbH.
    movemen is the developer of MathTools,
    an Adobe InDesign / InDesign Server plug-in.

    MathML is a markup language that describes
    the structure of a mathematical equation
    in order to better understand its semantics.

    MathTools provides a typographically correct way
    to create and format mathematical expressions,
    such as equations, directly in Adobe InDesign.

    The equations are displayed as text and can be edited
    directly with the text formatting tools in InDesign.
    The workaround using embedded images or
    objects can thus be avoided.

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    MathML support in axaio MadeToTag

    MadeToTag users can now choose,
    in Task 7 of MadeToTag’s output process,
    to place the MathML as an annotation over
    the mathematical expression (formulas, equations, fractions …)
    in the PDF/UA.

    The only requirement for taking advantage of this
    new MadeToTag feature is that you are working with
    equations that were previously set in InDesign with
    the MathTools plugin from movemen GmbH.
    Furthermore, MathTools must be licensed in the "Enterprise" version.

axaio MadeToTag - Support of movemen MathTools, Example Math Expression, Picture

    In order to use this feature in MadeToTag,
    you need to set the check mark for "Create MathML annotations"
    in processing Task 7: "Create Tagged PDF File".

    The annotation will then automatically be placed over
    all formulas contained in the document and contains
    the corresponding MathML of the formula:

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Export Option: Create MathML annotations

    Contrary to equations which were included as embedded
    images or objects, the equation's semantic structure is
    furthermore available as MathML and can therefore be
    better supported by assistive technologies.

    As already mentioned, axaio software has set itself an objective:
    implementing additional variants for representing mathematical
    expressions in tagged PDF/UA in the near future.


    See more on the "Create MathML-annotations" feature here:




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