This ground-breaking new tool will help your company meet industry requirements of accessible procurement, and will enable you to produce higher quality, standards conformant publications. Your production teams can be reassured that they are performing the necessary checks to ensure that your content is accessible as possible and, consequently, meeting the needs of all your readers. It will also enable distributors and consumers to verify the accessibility claims of publishers.
Designed to assist content providers at any stage in their workflow, Ace by DAISY will make it easier to produce higher quality, more accessible EPUB content files that meet internationally recognized standards.
“The really important thing about Ace is that it makes accessibility a concrete target with clear steps and a hierarchy of severity.” Simon Collinson, Content Sales Manager at Kobo and Digital Producer at Tilted Axis Press.
The Ace tool performs a variety of automated checks producing a list of violations that need fixing and data visualizations to aid the manual inspection process. Ace, by DAISY can be usable as a standalone tool, or can be integrated as a third-party component in broader publishing workflows or authoring processes.
Ace is currently a command line tool and there are step-by-step instructions on how to install, update and use the tool available in our Getting Started Guide.
“It is easy to use, and the results are wonderfully detailed and exact.” Eugene Reyes, HarperCollins
It is impossible to perform a complete evaluation of accessibility requirements in a fully-automated manner. Some criteria require manual inspection and, consequently, Ace by DAISY does not claim to be a yes/no validator or a certification tool. It will not issue an accessibility score, percentage of conformance, etc. It is not intended to be used for repairing inaccessible content. The tool will not be able to analyze encrypted content or any other DRM-protected EPUB that cannot easily be unpackaged.
“This is the tool which the industry needed to fully embrace the accessibility functionality which we’ve embedded into the EPUB 3 specification. We can now collectively move forward in producing content that enables the very best of reading experiences for all readers, reaching a higher audience as well as meeting our legal and moral obligations.” George Kerscher, Chief Innovations Officer, The DAISY Consortium and Steering Committee W3C Publishing Business Group
This is the perfect time to encourage your technology teams to engage with this important new tool by integrating Ace within your workflows so that you can build accessibility requirements and testing into your product development at various stages. Find out how to use Ace by DAISY with our Getting Started Guide which includes details on how to update from earlier beta versions.