The items on this page represent a non-exhaustive selection of organizations, information, news, and events related to accessible publishing. It is updated regularly.
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In February and March of 2019, Lisa Snider of Access Changes Everything traveled across Canada on behalf of NNELS, and led EPUB Accessibility Workshops. Lisa has now recorded three webinars which cover much of the same information that was provided in the workshops, in a concise format. These videos will be available for viewing until October 26, 2019.
Part 1 (64 minutes) provides an introduction to the topic of EPUBs and accessible publishing, covering the importance of accessibility, information on relevant legislation in Canada, who uses EPUBs, how people access EPUBs, the basics of EPUBs, differences between EPUB 2 and 3, and related standards and specifications.
Part 2 (58 minutes) and Part 3 (77 minutes) delve into the complexities of EPUBs and coding for accessibility. Part 2 discusses concepts and tips, gives coding examples, and offers an overview of best practices for both styling and structuring content. It also demonstrates screen-reader usage, and how to use the ACE Checker (an EPUB checker). Part 3 continues from Part 2, covering more concepts and tips. It includes a detailed discussion of image usage; information on Tables of Contents, Page Lists, Page Titles, Metadata (NB: At 54:40, Lisa states that additional accessibility metadata can be entered into the OPF file in the metadata area, “if you are using EPUB 3 and only if you’re using EPUB 3.” In fact, additional accessibility metadata can be added whether you are using EPUB 2 or EPUB 3. Please visit the metadata section of the IDPF’s EPUB Accessibility Techniques 1.0 document for examples), and Fixed Layout vs. Reflowable text; and an overview of some Accessibility Checkers.
We hope that you will find these Webinars useful and informative. They offer concrete, straightforward examples about incorporating accessibility into your workflow, in both big and small ways, so there is something for everyone!
After you finish watching the webinars, we encourage you to fill out this brief three-minute survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NQ5MYJ2.
Organizations and Groups
Information and Resources
Studies and Projects
In the News
Accessible Ebook Publishing in Canada: The Business Case – Laura Brady and Daniella Levy-Pinto at BookSummit (June, 2019)