Entries by Varju Luceno

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 […]

EPUB Summit 2017

When? March 9-10, 2017 in Brussels. Two major subjects this year: The combination of the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) with the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium). The organizational and technical aspects of the combination will be explained. The effective launch of Readium LCP, a truly interoperable DRM solution highly anticipated by the publishing industry, […]

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 […]

Digital Book World: Accessibility Master Class

When: Tuesday, January 17th, 2017 at 4:00 pm. Presenters were George Kerscher, Charles LaPierre. Accessibility is not a rocket science, and you’re closer than you think. Recent and upcoming changes in the regulatory landscape are making it impossible for publishers to ignore accessibility if they want to serve all the markets available to them. While […]

EPUB 3.1 Now an IDPF Recommended Specification

The IDPF Membership has unanimously approved EPUB 3.1 as a Recommended Specification. The EPUB 3.1 revision includes a new accessibility specification and an accessibility techniques document. Developed as part of EPUB 3.1 to provide guidance on making EPUB publications accessible, these new documents are designed to be equally applicable to older versions of EPUB 3. […]

Join Reading System Testers

Written by Amaya Webster Reading software, devices or apps we use to read eBooks, are commonplace nowadays. Accessible reading systems have ushered in a new era for digital content, also for people with disabilities. But what does it mean for a reading system to be accessible? The simple definition is that accessible reading systems support […]

Quick Start Guide to Accessible Publishing 2.0

BISG Webinar on April 18th, 2017 at 1 pm ET. In 2016 the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) Accessible Publishing Working Group released Version 1 of its Quick Start Guide to Accessible Publishing. A year later, an update to this guide will be made available for anyone interested in this critical topic. Join this webinar […]

Certifying EPUB Publications for Accessibility

People who use accessible publications or purchase learning material want confirmation that what they get is, in fact, accessible. This concept is known as “buy accessible” – or the ability to verify that purchased goods meet accessibility needs. Benetech and DAISY have formed a partnership under the Google Impact Challenge Award to address this need.  Once […]

Better Together

Working together towards accessible information for people with low vision. When and Where? Wednesday, June 28th, 2017. The Hague. The Netherlands. If specialists and experts tap into their combined potential, they can produce something that’s greater than the sum of the parts. This is Dedicon’s inspiration and goal for the ‘BetterTogether Conference’. And this combined […]