I am developing a flyer that will be distributed as a PDF, and our requirement is that it be "Section 508" compliant, that is, readable by a screen reader. I am trying to add alt tags to meet this requirement, but when I go to Object -> Object Export Options and click on the Alt Text tab, the Alt Text Source pull-down menu is greyed out and does not allow me to do anything.

Does anyone have any idea of what is wrong here?

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    Two things that come to mind: 1. Maybe you have the actual image selected, not the image frame. 2. It could be possible that you don't have anything selected, while you have that Object export options window` open.
    – Joonas
    Apr 27, 2014 at 2:18
  • It appears you asked and received an answer here: forums.adobe.com/message/6333851?tstart=0 if you could be so kind as to leave what worked for you and mark it answered, it would help others that might come across this issue.
    – Ryan
    Apr 27, 2014 at 11:53

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I took two steps to resolve my issue, although I am not sure that the first step was necessary.

  1. I trashed my InDesign settings per the guidance here: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/526990
  2. I discovered that I was incorrect in trying to set the alt tag on the image itself; like @joonas suggested above, the frame must be selected for alt tags, and not the image itself.

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