Publishing Accessibility Jargon Deciphered

Ahead of their ebookcraft presentation Is Your EPUB Accessible: Put it to the Test where they will showcase Ace by DAISY, the new EPUB accessibility checking tool launched at the end of January, Romain Deltour and Matt Garrish have written a incredibly useful Guide to Accessibility Jargon for BookNet Canada. Make sure you gen up on all of your terminology in preparation for this sell-out event!

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Funka Accessibility Days, Stockholm

April 17th to 18th, 2018

Funka Accessibility Days is northern Europe’s largest conference on accessible ICT. As usual, an exciting program awaits delegates with specific focus this year on the new international WCAG 2.1 standard  and the latest W3C developments regarding standards and tools for accessible technology, design and content.

”Meet the expert” is a successful part of the program where you have the opportunity to book a master class with Funkas’ experts in smaller rooms, during the event. You can choose to pose your questions to a developer, a designer, a language expert, a requirements specialist, an assistive technology expert or an over all accessibility professional – and get answers and recommendations on the spot.

Date

April 17th – 18th, 2018

Venue

Stockholm, Sweden

Learn More

https://www.funka.com/en/we-offer/funka-accessibility-days/

W3C News – Synchronized Multimedia for Publications Community Group Proposal

Marisa DeMeglio, software developer for The DAISY Consortium, has proposed creation of a new group  working on a way to “synchronize audio or video with Web Publications and other document formats being developed by the Publishing Working Group, in order to make the publications accessible to people with different types of reading requirements.”  For more information on this and details of how to support this proposal visit:


 

Digital Content and Disability, London

January 10th, 2018

Logo for the UCL Centre for Digital HumanitiesThis afternoon seminar will examine accessibility and usability issues in digital content, with a particular emphasis on learning disabled people. Within this area, themes will centre around different hardware (mobile, laptop, ebook reader), media (web, ebook, apps), barriers to effective use and experts from particular sectors will explain initiatives attempting to address the differing access needs. Emma House, Deputy CEO of the Publishers Association and Chair of the Accessibility Action Group will be presenting.

This seminar will be of interest to content providers, librarians, publishers, educationalists, supporters of people with disabilities (whether professional or informal carers etc.), interface designers and interested academics.  It represents an opportunity to understand an increasingly significant issue, see how others have responded and work out how to better target and market products.

Date

January 10th, 2018 – Doors will open from 13:00 for registration, and the event will start at 14:00. The event will be followed by a short wine reception.

Venue

London, U.K. – UCL London: Registartion and Refreshments: Wilkins Building, South Cloisters; Seminar, Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre

Learn More:

The registration fee is £95/person – please register online (some student and speaker concessions available – please email peter.williams@ucl.ac.uk). For full program and event details visit: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/dh/events/archive/disability

Digital Book World, Nashville

October 2nd to 4th, 2018

Logo for the Digital Book World conferenceThe popular mainstream publishing and technology conference, Digital Book World, is scheduled to return this year with a new focus and an exciting program. Accessible publishing will feature in Nashville as well as other publishing hot topics and DAISY are delighted to be be playing a significant role at the conference.  The session entitled “Building Accessibility Into Publishing Workflows: From The Ground Up” will be delivered by DAISY speakers and the Consortium are delighted to be one of the finalists for the DBW award Innovation in Accessibility  to be presented at the conference. Inclusive Publishing readers have been offered a 25% discount on their conference passes with the code DAISYDBW2018

Date

October 2-4, 2018

Venue

Nashville, Tennessee

Learn More

Further program and registration details can be found at https://www.digitalbookworld.com

Global Audiobook Trends and Statistics for 2018

Good e-reader has published its annual report on the audiobook industry and the latest trends and statistics can be read at: https://goodereader.com/blog/audiobooks/global-audiobook-trends-and-statistics-for-2018

 

Inspiring Words from Industry Leaders: Interview with Luc Audrain, Hachette Livre

Inclusive Publishing has embarked on a series of interviews with industry leaders and their approach to accessibility. Luc Audrain, Head of Digitilization at Hachette Livre, has been a driving force within the publishing industry, both in France and internationally, on the subject of accessibility. Headshot of Luc Audrain, Head of Digitalization at Hachette Livre and subject of this interview

Nothing has been more valuable for me during these last two years than being in touch with visually impaired people and understanding their skills in managing mails, sms, ebooks, etc.

Why is inclusive publishing important to you and/or your organization?

Market Expansion: visually impaired people are suffering from a “book famine”. They are eager to be included in the mainstream reading experience and when a natively accessible ebook catalogue becomes available, I’m sure they are more than ready to lend or buy these titles

Regulations: at a national and European level, rules are being set to enforce the accessibility of products and services. We are taking these rules seriously and are preparing ourselves in advance.

Good Practices: structuring information is a must to implement accessibility within ebooks. We know, by experience, that the foundation of good practice in an editorial workflow is necessary for any kind of reuse of high quality content.

Do you have a top tip for others new to accessibility?

Structure your content!

What do you wish you knew about accessibility 5 or 10 years ago?

I wish I had had the opportunity to understand how blind people read and write digital text in their day-to-day life!

Nothing has been more valuable for me during these last two years than being in touch with visually impaired people and understanding their skills in managing mails, sms, ebooks, etc.

What do you think will be the biggest game changer for inclusive publishing in the next few years?

Technology and standards are mature: Web accessibility is well described and EPUB3 production is increasing. From the French publishers side, the subject has been grasped and a significant move has already been made to publish simple monochrome titles as natively accessible ebooks.

Be prepared to see accessible categories in ebook stores in 2018.

For those still on the fence, why should they consider accessibility?

Using the EPUB3 format and accessibility guidelines available from the IDPF and the DAISY Consortium, it is quite possible for simple books to achieve a good level of accessibility. Establishing good content structuring practices within editorial workflows helps to implement accessibility in EPUB3 files, and, in that case only, it is inexpensive.

Can you sum up your attitude towards inclusive publishing in one sentence?

Inclusive publishing sums up all the digital support I have brought to publishing teams throughout the years of my career.

 

Ensuring the Accessibility of all Learning Content

Photograph of Rick Johnson, author of this articleRick Johnson, Vice President of Product Strategy at Vital Source has written an incisive article for the latest issue of Research information, focusing on what is required during this time of “dramatic change” for accessibility in learning content. Read the full article on their website

https://www.researchinformation.info/news/analysis-opinion/ensuring-accessibility-all-learning-content.

Rick Johnson will be presenting a number of sessions at the CSUN Assitive Technology Conference in March 2018 with George Kerscher, Chief Innovations Officer within the DAISY Consortium.