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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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.