Create tagged, accessible PDF files (PDF/UA-compliant)

axaio MadeToTag is an Adobe InDesign plug-in to properly prepare InDesign documents for export as accessible, tagged PDF file – much more easier, faster and more reliable. The tagged PDF complies with the terms of the PDF/UA-STANDARD, the international standard for universally accessible PDF. PDF/UA is important to organizations and companies delivering documents that need to comply with legal obligations requiring accessible content (including WCAG 2.0, Section 508 in the US, Canada’s Common Look and Feel standard/CLF, Britain’s BS 8878, and others), but also for all those who see a moral requirement to provide proper accessible documents.

The MadeToTag UI is based on a SEVEN STEP GUIDE, which will lead you safely and intuitively through the tasks, to generate the tagged PDF file, without missing any important step.

Tagged PDFs are essential for accessibility, so that screen reader devices for visually impaired people or reading software for users with learning disabilities can provide rich access to a PDF’s content. Tagged PDFs also enable screen reader software programs to offer easy navigation and accessible presentation of content in PDF files.

Fields of Application

Properly tagged PDF files have become very important for public administrations and enterprises. Legal requirements for physically impaired people and for accessibility in the information technology (such as described in the German BGG, BITV and EU mandate 376) impose that the public sector offers all content – webpages as well as PDF documents – in an accessible form. But also media service providers, representatives of associations and institutions as well as students and lecturers at colleges and unversities increasingly consider it their duty to have their written materials available as accessible documents. – Nothing simpler than that - with MadeToTag.

On top of that, PDF tags are an effective method to improve your company’s Search Engine Optimization. The tags in the PDF file follow concepts similar to those found in HTML. Properly used tags place websites higher in the search engine rankings.

Platform & Pricing

for Adobe® InDesign®MadeToTag Pricing (net/excl. VAT)
Adobe® InDesign® Single user license: € 599

Upgrade rules/Maintenance agreement

The MadeToTag upgrade to a newer Adobe CC version costs € 249 per license.
As an alternative (to the payable upgrade) customers have the option to buy an annual support and maintenance agreement for € 119.80 per license, to obtain upgrades/updates and premium support at no additional cost.

Note on upgrades: Approximately every 12-15 months, Adobe releases a major InDesign CC upgrade (currently CC 2019), where previously installed third-party plug-ins no longer work. In this case, MadeToTag customers need to request an upgrade to get new MadeToTag license keys for the respective InDesign version.

Note on the Support and Maintenance Agreement: An alternative to a paid upgrade is the conclusion of an annual Support and Maintenance Agreement (SMA). During the term of the SMA, MadeToTag customers receive premium support and upgrades to newer Adobe InDesign CC versions at no additional cost. The agreement always has to be concluded retrospectively to the purchase date of the license or, if already done so, to a payable upgrade. For customers, who have purchased MadeToTag before January 1, 2018 and would like to conclude a maintenance contract, January 1, 2018 is deemed to be the beginning maintenance date.

Note: The MadeToTag software maintenance agreement can not be purchased through the axaio webshop. You need to send an e-mail to or contact your sales partner from whom you purchased MadeToTag.

All prices quoted are net/excluding VAT.


  • Supports Adobe InDesign CC 2017 - ID 2021
  • For Windows and Mac
  • Mac: ARM (M1) mode support currently only available via Rosetta emulation (we are working on the native Apple M1 compatibility)

Release notes

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  • Reliable creation of tagged PDF files, directly from the layout in Adobe InDesign
  • Accessible PDF file, based on the PDF/UA ISO standard
  • Comprehensive tagging of content in the shortest possible time
  • Short introduction time, due to intuitive 7-step user interface
  • Reliable PDF/UA-compliant results thanks to integrated checking and correction functions
  • Provides support for legal requirements for physically impaired people and for accessibility in information technology (such as described in the German BGG, BITV and EU Mandate 376)

Key Features

  • Definition of export tags
  • Structuring content in articles
  • Control of export tags via color highlighting
  • Correct tagging of lists, links and tables of contents
  • Adding of alternative text to describe images and graphics
  • Repair functions for common problems, e.g. incorrectly formatted lists, empty paragraphs, etc.
  • Assigning languages used in the document for correct language output
  • Easy tagging of complex tables by rows and columns
  • Correct processing of tags in anchored frames, such as headings or lists
  • Comfortable editing of interactive forms based on a template PDF
  • Support of mathematical expressions (formulas, fractions, etc.) in cooperation with MathTools from movemen
  • Tagging preview for a fast review based on callas pdfGoHTML
  • Check for insufficient color contrasts
  • Output InDesign books as a tagged PDF
  • Step-by-step support within the user interface
  • Practical keyboard shortcuts for all important MadeToTag functions
  • Export to tagged PDF based on the PDF/UA ISO standard
  • Export as PDF/A-2a (accessible PDF for long-term archiving with tagged content)

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