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EPUB 3: State of the Art and Accessibility

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The incorporation of the DAISY accessibility requirements into the non-proprietary EPUB 3 standard holds significant promise for the increased availability of commercial products that are useable, …

The incorporation of the DAISY accessibility requirements into the non-proprietary EPUB 3 standard holds significant promise for the increased availability of commercial products that are useable, out of the box, by a wide range of consumers.

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  • 1. EPUB 3 and DAISYState of the Art and Accessibility George Kerscher March 1, 2012
  • 2. EPUB 3 and AccessibilityThe incorporation of the DAISY accessibilityrequirements into the non-proprietaryEPUB 3 standard holds significant promise for theincreased availability of commercialproducts that are useable, out of the box, by a widerange of consumers.Specification is available at http://idpf.org/epub/30
  • 3. Accessible Publishing EcosystemWide array of pieces must fall into place in order to havean accessible publishing ecosystem:•Commitments from the accessibility community•Standards and Guidelines•Samples•Validation tools and accessibility checkers•Accessible reading systems•Math support•Beautiful user interfaces•User friendly ways to purchase content
  • 4. Accessibility Guidelines and Support• Guidelines in support of accessible publishing in EPUB 3 are accessible for all and will be frequently updated.• ‘Accessible EPUB 3’, published by O’Reilly, available at: http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920025283.do• Accessibility Forum on the IDPF site: http://idpf.org/forums/epub-accessibility
  • 5. EPUB 3 Sample Files• The DC will collaborate with the IDPF and its Members and Friends to gather EPUB 3 content samples.• Go to http://code.google.com/p/epub-revision/downloads/list to check out the latest samples• IDPF Samples include accessibility features
  • 6. DAISY Consortium and IDPF• The DAISY Consortium will continue to be committed to collaboration with the IDPF in the development and evolution of digital publishing standards• The DC will monitor the development of accessibility check in EpubCheck and promote accessibility evaluations. EpubCheck project site is located at http://code.google.com/p/epubcheck/• EPUB Validator is now available at http://validator.idpf.org/• The DAISY Consortium will participate in Readium Project to bring accessible EPUB 3 content and reading systems to users faster, learn more at http://readium.org/
  • 7. Other Ongoing Developments• The mechanisms to handle descriptions of graphical content - the DIAGRAM Project, more info at: http://www.diagramcenter.org/development.html• The DAISY Consortium will continue to monitor and influence HTML5 developments to increase the accessibility features in that specification• The DAISY Consortium will support the NISO process for the Authoring and Interchange Framework for Adaptive XML Publishing• The DAISY Consortium will continue to support the DAISY 2.02 and 3 Standards
  • 8. DAISY ToolsDAISY tool development to support EPUB 3:•Tobi - accessible multimedia production toolhttp://www.daisy.org/tobi•DAISY Pipeline 2 - next generation frameworkfor automated production of accessiblematerials http://www.daisy.org/pipeline2/
  • 9. DAISY on Mobile Devices10 mobile applications for reading DAISYbooks on mainstream devices are availableand more in development•DAISY Marketplace: http://www.daisy.org/tools/mobile-applications
  • 10. Portable DAISY Players• PlexTalk Pocket, Milestone 212 and 312, BookSense XT and DS, BookPort, Victor Reader Stream, Olympus DM-4 and DM-5 players, ClassMate Reader
  • 11. Hardware DAISY PlayersArray of legacy DAISY Players:•NLS players, available at no cost to qualified people - does not support text-to-speech yet•HumanWare Stratus players•PlexTalk PTX 1 / Pro – DAISY Online Deliverycompatible•Braille Sense OnHand by HIMS can read DAISYbooks
  • 12. DAISY Software Players• EasyReader - supports DAISY and EPUB• ReadHear PC and ReadHear Mac - support DAISY and EPUB, Math support• Ida-reader - supports DAISY and EPUB• Book Wizard Reader• AMIS (free)Go to our website to see the list of DAISY players: http://www.daisy.org/tools/splayback
  • 13. Mainstream Reading Systems• Kindle - does not natively support EPUB• Nook – Barnes & Noble working on improving accessibility• Adobe Digital Editions - supports EPUB• iBooks demo Share your experiences of using mainstream reading systems
  • 14. Goal: Enriched Accessible Reading Experience for All• Work with us to bring DAISY reading experience into the mainstream, to make ALL publications accessible to EVERYONE.• Join the DAISY Consortium!• More information is available at daisy.org

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