No Figure tag in compatibility mode

An image is placed with the “In Line with Text” layout option into Word in “Compatibility Mode” (.doc file). After exporting as PDF the image won’t be within a <Figure> tag as expected, but within an <InlineShape>, to which the role <Sect> is assigned.

Issue detected in PDFs made from:

  • Microsoft Word 2013 for Windows (in Compatibility Mode)

PAC 3 warning

Possibly inappropriate use of a “Sect” structure element

Failure Condition of the Matterhorn Protocol

13-001 Graphics objects other than text objects and artifacts are not tagged with a Figure tag. (→ manual testing)

Automatic approach in Word 2013

Since the problem only exists in compatibility mode (.doc files), the document can be converted to the newer .docx file format. The “Convert” command is located in the menu “File” → “Info”.

Attention: The conversion can cause (minor) layout changes!

Manual approach in Acrobat

  1. The “Reading order” tool can be used to select the image and convert it to a figure.
  2. <InlineShape> is going to be converted to <Figure>.
  3. The alternative text is copied automatically.