Entries by Varju Luceno

Benetech Establishes Global Certified Accessible Program

Benetech, the leading software for social good nonprofit, in conjunction with Dedicon, Royal National Institute of Blind People, and Vision Australia, announced Global Certified Accessible. This program is the first third-party ebook verification program for accessible content. Global Certified Accessible supports publisher efforts to meet or exceed accessibility requirements set by K-12 schools and post-secondary […]

Producing and distributing accessible e-books

The 11th European e-Accessibility Forum (June 19th, 2017 in Paris) explored the role digital technologies play in ensuring an inclusive cultural landscape. How can digital access empower people with disabilities and enable them to become full participants in cultural life? Knowledge and information are a part of culture. People with different needs gain access to […]

M-Enabling Summit: Accessibility Progress in Digital Publishing

June 14th, 11:15 am to 12:30 pm in Washington, DC. The International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) and the World Wide Consortium (W3C) have merged. The potential for born accessible publishing is increasing.  This session highlighted the progress made by publishers in implementing accessibility standards. It also covered how the adoption of the Marrakesh Treaty is […]

Publishing Markup Mysteries: Bill Kasdorf’s Take

In his Apex Content Solutions blog post, Bill Kasdorf clears up confusion around publishing markup mysteries. He admits that some people may find the concept or “markup” confusing. Let’s take a look at two of his examples below. Isn’t EPUB just a form of XML? Well, yes and no. The content documents in an EPUB […]

The future of accessible publishing: EPUB 3

The Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) has launched its re-branded “ABC Global Book Service” (formerly TIGAR Service) that enables libraries for the blind in different countries to exchange books in accessible formats. At the same time, ABC also encourages the production of “born accessible” books. Accessible EPUB 3 is the “gold standard” in the publishing industry […]

June 28, 2017: Better Together Conference

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 […]

Avoid Generic HTML

Laura Brady is the new editor of EPUB Secrets. She wrote the first of a series of posts on accessibility in ebooks. She focused on how to use the tools already available to publishers. To deliver on the democratic promise of digital publishing, ebook developers need to pay closer attention to accessibility, particularly how their markup […]

Winners Announced: ABC Excellence Awards

The winners of the 2017 Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) International Excellence Award for Accessible Publishing were announced at the London Book Fair. SAGE of the UK won in the publisher category, and Tiflonexos of Argentina won for its project initiative. SAGE works closely with the AccessText Network, Bookshare, RNIB Bookshare, and others in disseminating content for […]

Making Books Accessible: 2017 London Book Fair

This is an annual seminar, coordinated by the Publishers Association’s (PA) Accessibility Action Group. The main goal is to help publishers tackle accessibility issues and meet requirements. Mark Bide served as a Chair on March 16th.  Speakers were Emma House, Richard Orme, and Bill McCoy. Emma House, Director of Publisher Relations at the PA, opened with a […]

W3C Publishing Business Group Kickoff Meeting

The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Publishing Business Group kickoff meeting took place in London on March 13th. The Publishing Business Group fosters ongoing participation by members of the publishing industry and overall publishing ecosystem in the development of the Web for publishing. It also serves as a conduit for feedback between the publishing ecosystem […]