Connect reading order to heading tags
The Reading Order tool ought to be able consult the Tags for how to prioritize content. It seems like a no-brainer that a tag identified as an H1 should be at the top of the page. But the Reading Order loves to put H1 content at the bottom of the page. These all have to be repositioned manually, page by page. Waste of time that seems like an easy software fix.
I tried to attached one example page, but this page did not accept my file.
Brennan Young commented
I don't think we can assume that H1 will be at the top, even if that might be true/preferred a lot of the time.
The "most correct" approach is to shift left, and make sure the document is authored with the correct structure and semantics (e.g. in inDesign, or Word or whatever). However, this is not always possible or practical.
I think that we need better tools to make these kinds of time-consuming repetitive changes over multiple pages/documents.
Scripting interface for Acrobat please! Then we can make our own tools, tailored to our own content.
Rae Benedetto commented
Reading Order can be controlled in layout programs like InDesign and even PowerPoint, but some programs like Word don't have a Reading Order feature.
Changing Reading Order automatically in the PDF could cause complex layouts to change visually because objects may be on top of each other. Moving them about in Reading Order changes how the page looks.
If an automatic Reading Order to Tags Pane fix is possible it should be a user option not totally automatic.
Juliet Williams commented
Trying to post my example here.