ACCESSIBLE PDFs: How to Fix Nested Alternate Text Failed Error

Four Adobe PDF Icons in a row

Screen readers don’t read alternate text for nested elements.

If alternate text does exists in your PDF’s nested elements, you will see the Nested alternate text -failed error when using the Accessibility Checker in Adobe Acrobat Pro DC.

Adobe Acrobat Nested alternate text - Failed error

Here’s how to fix the problem:

1) In Adobe Acrobat Pro DC Accessibility Checker sidebar, right-click (Windows) or Ctrl-click (Mac OS) on the error, then select Show in Tags panel.

Adobe Acrobat Show in Tags Panel

2) In the Tags panel, Right-click (Windows) or Ctrl-click (Mac OS) on the  nested element and choose Properties from the context menu.

3) Remove the Alternate Text from the Object Properties dialog box, and then click the Close button.

Remove alternate text

4) Save the PDF file.

5) Test the PDF again in using the Adobe Acrobat DC Pro Accessibility Checker.


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