E-text Workshop Round Table 2010

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Slides from a workshop on the new Round Table E-text Guidelines, held at the 2010 annual conference of the Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities.

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E-text Workshop Round Table 2010

  1. 1. Guidelines for Accessible E-text Round Table on Information Access for People with Print Disabilities
  2. 2. What is accessible e-text? <ul><li>E-text: structured electronic text which is accessible to people with a print disability </li></ul><ul><li>Range of formats: plain text, Word, RTF, OpenDocument, (X)HTML, DAISY (ePub, PDF?) </li></ul><ul><li>“ Born digital” or converted from another format. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Accessing e-text <ul><li>Synthetic speech . </li></ul><ul><li>Refreshable braille . </li></ul><ul><li>Viewing on screen screen magnification zoom/magnifying functions modified colour combinations visual highlighting not using any special software. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Universal design <ul><li>designing one document for a range of access methods </li></ul><ul><li>“ The Web is not a barrier to people with disabilities, it is the solution ” from Constructing a POUR website http://www.webaim.org/articles/pour/ </li></ul>
  5. 5. Round Table Guidelines <ul><li>general accessibility principles to provide equivalent access for all. </li></ul><ul><li>best practice accessibility methods for particular file formats. </li></ul><ul><li>for transcribers, publishers, organisations producing electronic information, individuals with a print disability. </li></ul>
  6. 6. 1. Equivalent to print <ul><li>Include all meaningful elements of the print document. </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure accuracy. </li></ul><ul><li>Mark changes to the print with producers' notes. </li></ul><ul><li>Include metadata. </li></ul>
  7. 7. 2. Accessible <ul><li>Arrange text in a linear reading order. </li></ul><ul><li>Include structural markup. </li></ul><ul><li>Verbalise images and visual elements. </li></ul><ul><li>Express special characters and languages unambiguously. </li></ul>
  8. 8. 3. Clear visual style <ul><li>Use a clear visual design. </li></ul><ul><li>Allow users to control visual appearance. </li></ul>
  9. 9. 4. Standards, Guidelines and Best Practice <ul><li>Follow applicable standards </li></ul><ul><li>Adjust for individual need and preference </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure consistency </li></ul>
  10. 10. Particular formats <ul><li>HTML (and XHTML) </li></ul><ul><li>Rich Text Format (RTF) and word processing formats </li></ul><ul><li>Plain text </li></ul><ul><li>DAISY text </li></ul><ul><li>Not specifically covered: ePub, ebook formats, PDF (but general principles apply) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Questions?

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