Manually define reading order

Mark the reading order of page items based on their selection.

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The Manually define reading order tools (found in CircularFLO and GreenLight Tools > Accessibility Tools > Reading Order) work in a few different ways:

For illustrated publications there are often times where the reading order needs to be defined manually.

The reading order is shown in an overlaid non-printing frame. Text frames, figure, captions and regions can all be marked.

Multiple selections

Multi-select objects in the correct reading order InDesign (using shift click) before clicking the Manually define reading order button to mark all selected objects in order.

A mixture of seven text and image page items are selected before reading order is applied using the tool

Individual selections

Click the tool button with no page objects selected, then sequentially click page objects to indicate their reading order.

Tool is clicked and then each of seven text and image page items are selected individually and reading order is applied

The tool will stop listening for clicks after ten seconds of inactivity. Tap the 'R' key to stop the tool more quickly.

Marking captions

When using the individual selection method, captions can be attached to images. Click the image first, then the caption. Once the caption is clicked tap the 'C' key to associate the caption with the image. The reading order number of the caption then changes to match the reading order of the associated image.

Marking regions

Add regions to mark the reading order of more complex areas of the page.

Tap the 'M' key before drawing a region on part of the page. Regions should not be drawn across the 'fold' between the left and right facing pages.

Tap the 'P' key to mark an entire page as one region.

Regions are useful to combine multiple images that are best viewed as one composite picture

Regions can also be used to split a single image into multiple areas.

The reading order of regions can be combined with other page items.

Regions can also be used to contain image descriptions.

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