Use Grackle’s Export to PDF feature when creating accessible PDFs

This week Robert Hardy, our district website accessibility specialist, shares about how to correctly export an accessible PDF when using Grackle.

Grackle is a powerful tool, available to all OSD staff, that simplifies the creation of accessible documents using Google Docs or Slides. Users of Docs or Slides can launch Grackle, scan their documents for accessibility concerns, and export tagged, accessible PDFs, which is ideal for posting to the web.

While regular users of Google Docs and Slides may be familiar with creating PDF versions of their documents by going to File > Download > PDF Document, this unfortunately does not create accessible PDFs. To create an accessible PDF, be sure to use Grackle’s Export to PDF feature.

Grackle Slides screenshot - Export to PDF is selected.

Selecting this option will create a ready to post PDF version of the file within your Google Drive.

General guides on using both Grackle Docs and Slides are available on the district’s Website Accessibility Resources page. If you have any questions about using Grackle, or other accessibility workflows, please reach out to Robert Hardy, the district’s website accessibility specialist.