EPUB Accessibility: EU Accessibility Act Mapping

The European Accessibility Act (EAA) is an EU directive that establishes accessibility targets to be met by many different types of products and services in order to strengthen the rights of people with disabilities. It is relevant for the publishing industry as it includes ebooks, dedicated reading software, ereading devices and ecommerce sites.

W3C’s EPUB 3 Working Group has published a working group note demonstrating that the technical requirements of the European Accessibility Act related to ebooks are met by the EPUB standard.

Further information on this is available in the Working Group note.

Inclusive Publishing has a number of pages referring to the European Accessibility Act:

Inclusive Publishing Partner RedShelf Wins 2021 Publishing Software of the Year

Many congratulations to Inclusive Publishing Partner, RedShelf, who have been awarded the 2021 Publishing Software of the Year Award in the EdTech Breakthrough Awards Program.

“RedShelf’s software quickly ingests publisher content and publishes it onto the the best-in-class RedShelf eReader, now version 7.0, that provides learners an affordable and intuitive interface to access the curated content they need for success. This industry-leading solution is built to the highest accessibility and security standards and packed with learning tools and engagement features that bring content to life in ways that print is simply incapable of doing.”

Further information about this accolade can be read in the RedShelf Awards Press Release.

European Accessibility Act Requirements: Are Publishing Standards Fully Compliant?

The EU flagThe European Accessibility Act (EAA) is an EU directive establishing accessibility targets that must be met by many different types of products and services to strengthen the rights of people with disabilities. It is relevant for the publishing industry as it includes ebooks, dedicated reading software, ereading devices and ecommerce sites.

It is important for the publishing industry to get ready in preparation for June 2025 and a group of relevant stakeholders have put together a report on publishing standards so that the technical requirements of the directive can be met. Ideally, existing standards will provide the bedrock of this guidance, with the aim of fostering their adoption in time for EAA compliance.

Links

Stakeholders and Authors

  • Federation of European Publishers, representing more than 29 EU Publishers’ Associations (FEP)
  • W3C Accessibility Task Force (EPUB 3 working group)
  • The LIA Foundation
  • Luc Audrain

Accessibility is Good For Business: at the ALPSP Conference

September 15th to 17th, 2021

The Association Of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)‘s Annual Conference on September 16 includes this session on accessibility featuring Simon Holt (Elsevier), Alan Maloney (SAGE Publishing), Agata Mrva-Montoya (Sydney University Press) and Hugo Setzer (Editorial El Mundo Moderna). The main themes of the conference will centre around discoverability and accessibility.

Date

September 15-17, 2021

Venue

Online

Learn More

Full programme details and information on registration can be found at the ALPSP event website.

Free DAISY Webinar: Accessibility Action Group Annual Seminar

July 21st, 2021

The Essentials for Accessible Publishing in 2021

This year the annual AAG seminar, which usually takes place at The London Book Fair, will be held virtually as part of the DAISY webinar series which so many of our readers are familiar with. The theme for this year’s seminar is the Top 5 Must-Have for Accessible Publishing workflows and we will be looking at major areas of interest for all organizations working within the content production arena. Speakers include:

  • Dr Agata Mrva-Montoya (Sydney University Press)
  • Laura Brady (House of Anansi)
  • Richard Orme (DAISY)
  • Graham Bell (EDItEUR)
  • Daniella Levy-Pinto (NNELS)

and the session will be hosted by Stacy Scott (RNIB), chair of the AAG

Date

July 21st, 2021

Venue

Online via Zoom

Learn More

Registration for this webinar can be found on the event registration page.

Avneesh Singh Re-Elected to W3C Advisory Board

Many congratulations to Avneesh Singh, Chief Operating Officer at The DAISY Consortium, who has been re-elected to the W3C Advisory Board, as reported in W3C’s announcement.

The W3C Advisory Board  “provides ongoing guidance on issues of strategy, management, legal matters, process, and conflict resolution” within the W3C. DAISY is delighted that the board will continue to have the benefit of Avneesh’s experience and expertise.

Avneesh commented: “I am delighted to see such wonderful support of W3C community, enabling me to continue my contributions to the crucial work that the advisory board has been doing, especially on organization strategy & vision, the transformation of the governance model, on improving diversity and inclusion and on social values (accessibility, internationalization, privacy & security). Thanks to everyone for your enthusiastic support. I am looking forward to interacting with all of you in the near future.”

Avneesh’s submission blog piece can be read in a number of languages on the DAISY site.