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    Hi,

    Thank you for raising these accessibility issues. The post mentions about the following six bugs being introduced with the update that went live on September 14, 2021

    1: Alt-Text from MS Word is not converting into the PDF. Instead, it is dropped and gibberish code is inserted
    2: Every cell border on every table cell is being tagged as <P>PathPathPathPath
    3: The underline on Hyperlinks should be tagged as artifacts
    4: Borders and background shadings on Text Boxes are being tagged as a combination of <Figure>s and PathPathPath
    5: Paragraph borders and shadings: same deal as #4 above.Per the PDF/UA-1 standard, they are visually decorative and should be artifacted
    6: Dragging and dropping elements in both the Tag and Order panels is now broken.

    Would like to mention that out of these, #1 and #6 were introduced with the Sep 14 update and remaining (#2, #3, #4 & #5)…

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    Vikki Howe commented  · 

    I work on GOV.UK for the Department for Education and this bug has had a huge impact on our content's accessibility.

    This can currently only be fixed by manually clicking into each cell row and deleting the P tag (unless there are any other work arounds?) Some of our research publications have over 40 tables in them and this is having a huge impact on our teams’ resource. We are having to spend hours, days fixing PDFs to ensure this error is fixed and the content meets the new accessibility legislation that came into force for public sector content back in 2018. This is having a direct impact on our publishing deadlines.

    This also has an impact on all PDFs with tables previously published on GOV.UK. When we initially published content it was accessible but with this update these publications no longer are. This is a global issue and will affect the accessibility of 1000s of publications on GOV.UK.

    Please can you let us know when we can expect a fix for this.

    Vikki Howe supported this idea  ·