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Digital Publishing Summit Program Announced!

Logo for EDRLab the organizers of this conferenceEDRLab has announced the program for their annual Digital Publishing Summit (DPUB) which will take place in Berlin May 16-17, 2018. As ever the program is an exciting mix of tech presentations and high level sessions from the production of natively accessible ebooks to the spread of highly interoperable EPUB 3 reading applications on all platforms, with Readium LCP.  Delegates can expect plenty of practical demo sessions as EDRLab encourages adoption of open standards and software by the European publishing industry.

The program is of huge interest to accessible publishing, in particular the session on EPUB 3 as an accessible and mainstream format. Early bird pricing is available until February 28 and full information is online at the EDRLab website.

November 2017: W3C Publishing Summit

November 9th to 10th, 2017

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 and processes; developments coming soon that you need to be aware of; and what is coming next in web publications, EPUB, mobile, and the overall Web Platform that can support your workflows on everything from today’s browsers, tablets and smartphones to tomorrow’s environments.

There will be a specific focus on accessibility within the session “Accessibility in Publishing and W3C” presented by Romain Deltour, George Kerscher and Avneesh Singh from the DAISY Consortium and Judy Brewer from W3C.

The W3C Publishing Summit will be co-located with W3C’s main annual meeting, TPAC, so attendees will have the opportunity to network with Web developers and technical experts, including access to a solutions showcase demo area.

Date: November 9-10, 2017

Venue: Hyatt Regency, San Fransisco Airport

Learn more: visit the W3C Publishing Summit site for further information and registration details

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 institutions. This announcement comes on the heels of a six-month beta program with participation from industry leaders spanning educational, academic, professional, and trade publications.

Global Certified Accessible ensures students unable to read standard print due to blindness, low vision, dyslexia, or a physical disability have equal access to the same content as their peers.

The program has a global footprint in order to serve students around the world. Benetech developed the certification standards and serves as the lead certification provider for North America.

More information is provided on the Benetech website.

A11yPub Symposium, Australia

A11yPubAustralia’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).

Image: Blue three-dimensional map of Australia

Date: to be confirmed, March, 2018

Venue: Royal Institute for Deaf and Blind Children (RIDBC) Renwick Centre

Who should attend?

A11yPub will be invaluable for content:

  • Creators: Authors, publishers, media groups, app developers,
  • Curators: End users, librarians in schools, local government,  higher education or private organisations.
  • Advisors: Disability peak bodies, government agencies, senior education staff and leaders.

Learn more

Visit the A11yPub site for more information.

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. More information is provided on the IDPF website.