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RE: Seeking comments on draft EPUB Accessibility specification and techniques

Siegman, Tzviya - Hoboken

Dear WAI IG,

 

I offered to provide some more context to the WAI IG around George’s request for comments on the International Digital Publishing Forum’s Draft documents:

 

EPUB Accessibility Conformance and Discovery Requirements for EPUB Publications

http://www.idpf.org/epub/a11y/

 

EPUB Accessibility Techniques

http://www.idpf.org/epub/a11y/techniques/

 

EPUB is the distribution and interchange format standard for digital publications and documents based on Web Standards. EPUB defines a means of representing, packaging, and encoding structured and semantically enhanced Web content for distribution in a single-file format.  EPUB allows publishers to produce and send a single digital publication file through distribution and offers consumers interoperability between software/hardware for unencrypted reflowable digital books and other publications. EPUB 3.1 will be released by the end of the calendar year.

 

Accessibility has always been of great importance to the IDPF. This accessibility documentation represents a basis for accessibility evaluation and discovery of accessibility qualities for any version of EPUB (past, present, or future). These documents define categories of accessible EPUB:

Please provide your feedback to me, George Kerscher, or the IDPF GitHub Repository [https://github.com/IDPF/epub-revision/issues].

 

Thank you,

Tzviya

 

 

Tzviya Siegman

Information Standards Lead

Wiley

201-748-6884

[hidden email]

 

From: George Kerscher [mailto:[hidden email]] 
Sent: 12 July 2016 23:44
To: [hidden email]
Subject: Seeking comments on draft EPUB Accessibility specification and
techniques
 
Dear WAI Interest Group,
 
The second editor's draft of the EPUB accessibility specification and
techniques are now available. This new draft adds additional clarity to
publication conformance requirements and provides a full set of techniques
for review.
 
We are looking for input from all sectors. The specification and techniques
build on WAI guidelines. We believe these specification and the conformance
requirements have the potential to revolutionize access to published works
by persons with print disabilities. Included in the spec and detailed in the
techniques are items such as:
 
The Schema property "accessibilitySummary," which for the first time would
make a human readable explanation of the accessibility of an EPUB
publication discoverable and available.
and
Another Schema property, "accessModeSufficient," which would clearly
identify the modes of access available to read the whole publication, e.g.
textual and auditory.
 
We fully expect the publications to be approved in 2016. You can provide
comments directly to me: [hidden email]
 
You can find them at:
EPUB Accessibility Conformance and Discovery Requirements for EPUB
Publications
http://www.idpf.org/epub/a11y/
 
EPUB Accessibility Techniques
http://www.idpf.org/epub/a11y/techniques/
 
Best
George
 
George Kerscher Ph.D.
-In our Information Age, access to information is a fundamental human right.
Chief Innovations Officer, DAISY Consortium
http://www.daisy.org
Senior Advisor, Global Literacy, Benetech
http://www.benetech.org
President, International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) 
http://www.idpf.org
Member of the National Museum and Library Services  Board (IMLS)
http://www.imls.gov
Chair Steering Council Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), a division of the
W3C 
http://www.w3c.org/wai 
Phone: +1 406/549-4687
Cell:+1 406/544-2466 
Email: [hidden email]