Why should content be accessible?


Some of us can’t read printed books, newspapers, and magazines.

For example, people with dyslexia, visual disabilities, motor or cognitive impairments, as well as age-related macular degeneration. These groups are often referred to as the ‘print impaired’ or ‘print disabled.’

Many popular ebook formats do not provide full accessibility for all users.

Inclusive publishers can change that.

What is an accessible publication?

To be universally accessible, a digital book should have the following features:

  • Readable with assistive technologies.
  • Text should fit all screen sizes.
  • Adjustable text font, color, font size and line spacing.
  • Navigable by chapter, section, page, sentence and more.
  • Options to skip footnotes, sidebars, producer notes, and page numbers when reading with text-to-speech.
  • Work with different input methods e.g. keyboard, mouse, and touch.
  • Contain image captions and text descriptions for charts and graphs.
  • Videos should be captioned or accompanied by text transcript.
  • Readable on multiple platforms and devices such as computers, mobile phones, tablets, refreshable braille and digital book readers.
  • Page numbers should match the print version of the same book.

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