Accessible EPUB: What’s Next?

The EPUB Accessibility Specification is a starting point, not a destination.

Work will continue on the techniques document. Problematic areas still exist in digital publishing, requiring universally accessible solutions.

IDPF has merged with W3C.  Join the W3C EPUB Community Group to participate in the following discussions:

  • The WAI-ARIA Digital Publishing Module. Bringing core set of publishing semantics from EPUB into the broader mainstream. Semantics are exposed to assistive technologies and will increase the navigability and functionality for readers.
  • Digital publishing in WCAG, defining requirements.

We seek to integrate publishing accessibility requirements with the broader web. More information is provided in the DAISY TechWatch article EPUB Accessibility 1.0: Why and How.

W3C and IDPF Officially Combine Organizations

After seven months of debate over the merger, the International Digital Publishing Forum, developer of the EPUB e-book format, and the W3C, the internet standards organization founded by Tim Berners-Lee, have officially combined organizations.

George Kerscher, IDPF President and Chief Innovations Officer for the DAISY Consortium, said that the merger of the two organizations will ensure that EPUB will remain a standard relevant to the future of the global online and print community. “By combining our organizations, we not only align our technology roadmaps, but also accelerate the adoption of content that is natively accessible and device-friendly for all types of publishing, whether you are reading on the Web or offline.”  More information is provided in the official W3C press release.