Acrobat Reader for Mac does not expose an Accessibility Tree to VoiceOver
Acrobat for Windows reads tagged PDF (aka PDF/UA) files and exposes an accessibility tree to assistive tech such as NVDA, Narrator, JAWS etc.
Acrobat for Mac does not do this. (And neither does Preview, or Safari). This means that the 'portable' document format is not accessible to Mac screen reader users at all. You can get the text nodes, but none of the semantic tags are respected.
Why is there such a discrepancy between accessibility support on the Mac vs. Windows versions of Acrobat Reader?
That's not what 'portable' means! Please address this as soon as possible.
Can you please on “does not seem to ‘see’ or announce any of the tags.” .
I checked the pdf, the order of reading the document is the same as in the tags panel. It reads in the same order. Also it announces tag type like headings, links, table, graphic etc.
Please elaborate about what exactly is needed here with appropriate examples.
Brennan Young commented
Sure, you could try any of the PDF/UA files from pdfa.org, such as this one (tested with PAC3 and passes all PDF/UA requirements, tested also with Acrobat Pro DC for Windows Accessibility Full Check, passing all but manual checks). VoiceOver reads the text, but does not seem to 'see' or announce any of the tags.
Mac System is 10.15.1
Mac Acrobat Reader DC Continuous Release Version 2019.021.20061