Guide to a making your paper accessible with TAPS

Authors are strongly encouraged to create accessible submissions so that their work can be readable by the greatest number of people. This includes submitting accessible source files and the final PDF version during the TAPS process.

About the TAPS process

The TAPS process converts your source documents to final publication formats (HTML, PDF).

When your source document is processed by TAPS, it is first converted to the ACM LaTeX template, and then exported to the final versions:

  • The generated HTML version automatically includes all accessibility metadata that you added while authoring your source document (image descriptions, tags, etc.).
  • The generated PDF version, however, does not include some of the accessibility metadata present in your source document. This is mainly because the current LaTeX template does not support automatic export of some accessibility metadata.

Steps for authors

We strongly encourage authors to follow the next steps when preparing files to be submitted to TAPS:

  1. Make sure your source files are accessible. Read the general instructions on authoring accessible source files, and specific information for Word users and LaTeX users. For guidance on writing good figure descriptions, see the SIGACCESS Guide to Describing Figures.
  2. After submitting your source files to TAPS and once you receive the HTML and PDF proofs from TAPS (via email), you are requested to:

If you have any questions or concerns about creating accessible submissions, please request help from the accessibility chairs.