Adobe PDF Print needs a PDF/UA option
We need to be able to save WCAG compliant, semantic HTML files (e.g. from Firefox) as PDF/UA, but Adobe PDF does not offer this option. Saving as PDF/A does not produce a tagged (UA) file.
Adobe's pdf print gadget should use the browser accessibility tree, and tag the PDF accordingly.
PDF/UA has been an ISO standard since 2012. WCAG 2.1 was finalized in 2019, and WCAG 2.x compliance is now mandatory for public sector procurements in North America, the EU and various other jurisdictions.
What on earth is going on with your accessibility roadmap, Adobe? Apart from Acrobat on Windows, Adobe's PDF tools are not compliant with accessibility standards. Are you waiting for your customers to get sued?
Can you share the steps by which do you want to create a PDF/UA file?
Acrobat already has an option to fix tagging issues in the PDF to make it PDF/UA compliant using Tools > Preflight.
Brennan Young commented
The problem is not 'broken tags' it's 'no tags at all'.
Adobe PDF Print simply does not generate PDF/UA files from the browser. (Browser may be failing to generate an accessibility tree, which is not Adobe's fault, but reflects badly on PDF as an accessible and portable format)
Semantics are entirely lost when you create a PDF using the Adobe PDF print gadget.
The use case is:
Make (or visit) a WCAG compliant HTML5 page in any browser that supports Adobe PDF print.
Print the page to PDF using Adobe PDF print.
Expected Result - Semantics converted to corresponding PDF/UA tags in output
Actual Result - Non-tagged PDF is output