Title of Presentation

Ebooks & Accessibility

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60-minute Presentation/Panel

Description

EPUB 3.0, the current standard for eBooks, and has a number of features that make it more accessible to readers with disabilities than previous formats. In this talk I'll demonstrate how to crack open an EPUB3 and look at the code inside. I'll show some simple techniques for making eBooks more accessible using HTML: ARIA attributes to make generic tags more specific and provide landmarks to help assistive technologies to navigate the book, more semantic tags to make sure screen readers read text aloud properly, long and extended descriptions to communicate the meaning of complex images, and a method to allow users of assistive tech to be literally "on the same page" as print readers.

Learning Outcomes

  • Gain knowledge of eBook formats and why they're not equally accessible
  • Become familiar with the structure of EPUBs "under the hood."
  • Learn HTML techniques to make eBooks more accessible for persons with disabilities (techniques which can also be used for general web content).
  • Learn what to ask for to get more accessible eBooks from vendors and publishers.
  • Know where to find resources on eBook accessibility.

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© 2022 Thomas A. Dodson

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Twitter Handle(s)

@nousepretending

Start Date

25-3-2022 1:40 PM

End Date

25-3-2022 4:10 PM

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/37305

Subjects

Accessibility, Scholarly publishing

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Mar 25th, 1:40 PM Mar 25th, 4:10 PM

Ebooks & Accessibility

EPUB 3.0, the current standard for eBooks, and has a number of features that make it more accessible to readers with disabilities than previous formats. In this talk I'll demonstrate how to crack open an EPUB3 and look at the code inside. I'll show some simple techniques for making eBooks more accessible using HTML: ARIA attributes to make generic tags more specific and provide landmarks to help assistive technologies to navigate the book, more semantic tags to make sure screen readers read text aloud properly, long and extended descriptions to communicate the meaning of complex images, and a method to allow users of assistive tech to be literally "on the same page" as print readers.