PostScript: A Series on Accessibility, Disability and Digital Publishing

October 2nd to 30th, 2020

PostScript is an online series on accessibility, disability, and digital publishing, hosted by Public Access. It will connect artists, researchers, writers, academics, students, publishers, and distributors from around the world who work in publishing and have a stake in, focus on, or interest in issues related to disability and accessibility. Of particular interest to Inclusive Publishing readers is the session on October 16th on Modern Digital Publishing: Born Accessible which includes a presentation from DAISY’s George Kerscher.

Date

Every Friday in October, 2020

Venue

Online

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For schedule and registration information visit the PostScript event page

Kogan Page Wins IPG Award for their Accessible Ebook Program

The Independent Publishers Guild held its annual awards ceremony this week and we are delighted to announce that Kogan Page won the IPG Digital Publishing Award for its accessible ebook program. Kogan Page’s tireless efforts…

opens up textbooks to visually impaired students. Having reengineered its workflows, consulted widely and refined interactive features, the program has been warmly received by those campaigning for better accessibility in publishing—and future-proofed the business’ tech as well.

Recognition for this important work in this field is well-deserved and our congratulations go to all at Kogan Page who contribute to the greater accessibility of digital content. Judges said:

This is important work… Kogan Page’s commitment to accessibility is to be applauded.

Details of this and other awards can be found at the IPG Awards page.

European Accessibility Act: A Chance for Publishing

October 16th, 2020

Last year, the European Accessibility Act was passed. This event, organized by the IPA and the conference team at FBF will highlight the opportunities of the European Accessibility Act for publishers and feature statements from the Presidents of the Federation of European Publishers (FEP) and IPA. DAISY friends and IPP members will be taking part.

Earlier this year, DAISY ran a webinar on the EAA and the full recording is available for you to prep for this event!

Date

October 16, 2020

Venue

Online

Learn More

Event details can be found at the Frankfurt Book Fair website

WordToEPUB Wins ALPSP Award

ALPSP Awards Winner BadgeThe DAISY Consortium is proud to have been named a winner of the ALPSP Awards for Innovation in Publishing 2020 for our work on WordToEPUB. This ground-breaking new tool offers a free, simple and straightforward method of converting structured Word documents to valid and accessible EPUB files.

The inspiration for the WordToEPUB tool was academic publishing, and in this time of Covid, educational materials are being digitized into accessible files that are a lifeline to students with disabilities unable to study at school. WordToEPUB has revolutionized the conversion process for many users already and this award will only help to improve awareness.

ALPSP were looking for “any new development, product, service or project which is both innovative and of significant value to scholarly communication. The winners must demonstrate excellence in terms of originality, innovation, value to the community, utility and long-term viability.”

DAISY were short-listed alongside 7 other very worthwhile initiatives selected from a pool of 34 applicants and we wish to congratulate everyone on their achievement.

WordToPUB is the work of many volunteers around the world, and on behalf of everyone involved we extend our thanks to ALPSP for the recognition this award brings.

Details of the award and all the finalists can be found on the ALPSP Innovation Awards page.

DAISY Publishes White Paper on the Benefits of EPUB 3

A group og 8 professionals sat at a meeting table with various different devices open infront of themThe DAISY Consortium has published a white paper encouraging the use of Born Accessible EPUB 3 files for corporate, government and university publications and documents. This important piece of work recognizes the work of the publishing industry who have embraced EPUB 3  as their format of choice for ebooks and digital publishing and focuses on how this same approach should be used for all types of digital content, both online and offline:

It is time for companies and organizations to consider adopting modern digital publishing standards for their document output. Reading documents digitally is the norm today and it is taking place on smartphones, tablets, and on computers….Wonderful for printing and ubiquitous, PDF can only be made accessible after time-consuming, expensive remediation has been completed.

EPUB 3 provides the opportunity to significantly improve the accessibility of digital content for all readers, regardless of ability. Its many benefits include:

  • EPUB 3 documents can be produced using existing document processes, negating the need for costly and time-consuming remediation processes.
  • All modern word processors now support EPUB 3.
  • There is a legal requirement for organizations to produce accessible documents
  • Organizations can extend the reach and read-through of their documents
  • EPUB 3 improves the reading experience for everyone. If it’s Born Digital, it should be Born Accessible

For further detail on this exciting new publication see the DAISY White Paper page which also provides links to the publication in a variety of formats.

“Not All Heroes Wear Capes”

Rachel ComerfordBISG celebrated its Annual Industry Awards this week. The Industry Innovator Award was awarded for accessibility to a true champion, Rachel Comerford at Macmillan Learning. This award recognizes “an organization or individual who boldly re-imagines what publishing is and can be.”

Rachel has pioneered the introduction of re-vamped workflows at Macmillan Learning to deliver “Born Accessible” content for all readers, irrespective of ability.

Dave Cramer (Hachette), Rachel’s colleague on the BISG Workflow Committee, presented her with the award, honored to acknowledge her extraordinary achievements and BISG tweeted:

Not all heroes wear capes. Rachel Comerford, master of workflow, advocate for accessibility and humble champion for education culture wears a tiara that matches her own brilliance

In 2019, Benetech named Macmillan Learning its first Global Certified Accessible Publisher and in 2020 Macmillan Learning were awarded the ABC International Excellence Award for Accessibility for this achievement.

Our congratulations and enormous thanks to Rachel for all she has done for accessible publishing.