Entries by Varju Luceno

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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 […]

Reflections: EPUB Summit 2017

The second EPUB Summit, held in Brussels March 9-10, showcased the latest technological developments. With more than 150 attendees from different countries, it has become the not-to-miss European gathering for the Digital Publishing industry. The EPUB Summit is organized by EDRLab to promote EPUB, the publishing standard used all around the world. EPUB is in […]

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 […]

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 […]