March 23, 2017: How to Create Accessible EPUB

This one-day training seminar in Baltimore focused on creating and implementing 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 developing a better book that adapts to screen sizes and font size preferences. It is possible to create a book that speaks to the user in every sense, including the most literal – text-to-speech. With the accessible EPUB conformance requirements now out, a framework is developing to make this format work for all readers.

The EPUB accessibility conformance specification was a prominent topic. Speakers discussed how the accessibility specification can help achieve greater ease of access. Organizers also addressed the latest updates to EPUB.

This event was hosted under the auspices of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) Center of Excellence in Nonvisual Access to Education, Public Information, and Commerce (CENA). The CENA serves to share the considerable knowledge that the NFB and its partners have of web accessibility and access technology to bring about greater accessibility in government, education, and business; to promote best practices nationally and to build Maryland’s status as a leader in the field.