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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. […]

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How to create and implement accessible EPUB

Join us in Baltimore on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 for a one-day training seminar that will focus on how to create and implement accessible EPUB 3 in a variety of different settings. EPUB 3 provides features that outstrip those of electronic setups originally designed to be a replica of print, such as PDF. EPUB allows […]

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 […]

EPUB 3.1 Advances to Proposed Specification

The IDPF Board recently approved working group recommendations to advance the EPUB 3.1 specifications to Proposed Specification status. A public review and comment period will be open through November 7th. The final step according to IDPF policies is a member vote to approve as Recommended Specifications.

Publishing Community Meeting

Took place in Lisbon, Portugal during the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) largest annual event, TPAC 2016 (Technical Plenary / Advisory Committee week). The agenda included discussions about publications on the Web, print on demand and other broader use cases for Open Web Platform technologies.