Recommended Minimum Guidelines for Digitally Accessible PDF Files in the OhioLINK ETD Center


This document delineates the recommended minimum guidelines for digital accessibility of an electronic theses/dissertations (ETD) document in the PDF format to be published in the OhioLINK ETD Center. This recommendation is, it should be strongly noted, truly minimum. OhioLINK does not recommend using a local guideine with fewer requirements and encourages ETD Center institiutions to adopt more stringent requirements.

Recommended Practice

OhioLINK strongly urges every member institution participating in the OhioLINK ETD Center to adopt local minimum guidelines for digital accessibility for the ETDs submitted from your institution. 

Recommended Minimum Guidelines for ETD PDFs in the OhioLINK ETD Center

  • PDF file includes full text
  • PDF accessibility permission flag is checked
  • Text language of the PDF is specified
  • Figures and images include alternative text
  • PDF includes a title

For more information about implementing accessibility for PDFs in the ETD Center, please see Digital Accessibility Resources for the OhioLINK ETD Center

Last Updated: September 16, 2022