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Announcing Ace Beta Release

Announcing the First Beta Release of Ace, by DAISY, the Accessibility Checker for EPUB. The DAISY Consortium are delighted to announce the first beta release of their new open source software tool – Ace – an accessibility conformance checking tool for EPUB 3 publications. This new tool will provide clarity for the publishing industry where […]

October 2017: All you always wanted to know about Accessibility

The Federation of European Publishers is hosting an accessibility meeting at the Frankfurt Bookfair entitled: All you Always Wanted to Know about Accessibility. Advising FEP at this meeting will be two #a11y experts: Cristina Mussinelli from the LIA Foundation and Luc Audrain from Hachette. For further information on the extensive agenda please contact Roberta Balduzzi at FEP – fbalduzzi@fep-fee.eu. Date: […]

November 2017: W3C Publishing Summit

The web is the universal publishing platform. Register for the inaugural W3C Publishing Summit and learn how web technologies are shaping publishing today, tomorrow, and beyond. This summit will show how web technologies are making publishing more accessible, more global, and more efficient and effective. You’ll learn about things you should be doing now to improve your products […]

June 28, 2017: Better Together Conference

Working together towards accessible information for people with low vision. Took place on Wednesday, June 28th, 2017. Share your knowledge Better Together was part of Vision 2017, the 12th International Conference by the International Society for Low Vision Research and Rehabilitation (ISLRR) which took place from the 25th – 29th June. Together, we can expand […]

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 […]

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 […]

March 2018: A11yPub Symposium

A11yPub, Australia’s first inclusive digital publishing symposium brings together a powerful array of national and international presenters to build understanding about the benefits, new legal requirements and solutions surrounding the authoring, publishing and  procurement of digital books (ePUB, audio books and book apps). Date: to be confirmed, March, 2018 Venue: Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children […]

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 […]