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eBook Accessibility Promises & Challenges

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Personal computers arrived on campuses around 25 years ago. The Web followed on most college campuses about 10 to 12 years later. Now both technologies are ubiquitous throughout campuses (and ...

Personal computers arrived on campuses around 25 years ago. The Web followed on most college campuses about 10 to 12 years later. Now both technologies are ubiquitous throughout campuses (and everywhere else). The Internet, in tandem with the computer, is used in the classroom, for grading, for faculty-student communication and for myriad other academic and administrative activities. Campus’ today learning environment that is dramatically different from that seen just over two decades ago or even ten years ago. This session discusses the challenges and promises of eBooks.

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  • CourseSmart (founded by McGraw Hill, Pearson, Cengage and others)Many titles available, but they are overwhelmedMany are scanned / OCR’d on request, for minimal accessibility
  • Accessibility features are built into many of our digital products, including our selection of eReaders. Examples include NOOK Color™, which has adjustable text fonts, sizes and styles as well as customizable line and margin spacing for enhanced readability. Our NOOK Study™ application includes text-to-speech support and global keyboard accessibility for those with cognitive, speech and/or motor impairments.
  • Device (Kindle, iPad, etc.)eReader programStandard (technical format of the document)Preparation of document Type of contentAssistive technologyThe end user
  • Semantic tags describe content to assistive technology ** see ipdf.org/accessibility for more detailsDocument metadataLogical and consistent hierarchy of headingsParts, chapters, sections, and subsectionsAlternate tags for imagesTables are marked up properlyFootnotes and referencesContent / index with active links

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