Inclusive Publishing - The Key to Accessible Digital Books


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The DAISY Consortium believes that by working across the publishing industry’s value we will achieve our vision of people having equal access to information and knowledge, regardless of disabilities.

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Inclusive Publishing - The Key to Accessible Digital Books

  1. 1. Inclusive Publishing The Key to Accessible Digital Books George KerscherSecretary General, DAISY Consortium Technology for Life - Glasgow, Scotland September 7, 2012
  2. 2. Who is the DAISY Consortium?• We are a global consortium of organizations committed to a common vision and mission, which pools and coordinates resources to deliver global change.
  3. 3. Vision:People have equal access to information &knowledge regardless of disability; a rightconfirmed by the UN convention on theRights of Persons with Disabilities.
  4. 4. Mission:• Work to create the best way to read and publish, for everybody, in the 21st Century• Foster a global partnership between civil society, publishing and technology industries, standards bodies and governments, that builds a more effective solution, for everyone.
  5. 5. So people with disabilities can say:• I can access the same information at the same time & cost• I have a great reading experience with eyes, ears or fingers• I can easily find the publications I want to read• More publications with built-in accessibility are available for me to purchase or borrow
  6. 6. People with disabilities can say,cont’d:• There are far more accessible publications available to me• I have control over my reading experience• The reading technologies I use are affordable and easy to use: DAISY technology helps me
  7. 7. Born Digital Publishing:• People want to read anywhere, any time on every device• Rapid adoption in the publishing industry• Need for accessibility clearly communicated
  8. 8. EPUB 3 and Accessibility:The incorporation of the DAISYaccessibility requirements into the non-proprietaryEPUB 3 standard holds significant promisefor the increased availability of commercialproducts that are useable, out of the box,by a wide range of consumers.Specification is available at
  9. 9. Short list of what needs to be in place:• Commitments from the accessibility community• Standards• Guidelines• Samples• Validation tools and accessibility checkers• Accessible reading systems• Math support• Accessible images and graphics• Beautiful user interfaces• User friendly ways to purchase content
  10. 10. What is Built-in Accessibility inCommercial Publications?• A mainstream publication• Useable directly by people reading with their eyes, ears or fingers• With no need for modification• For example, currently: – Works with screen readers – Has great navigation – Pictorial material adequately described
  11. 11. What Does Customized forAccessibility Mean?• A separate version of a mainstream publication• Modified to be read by disabled persons using their eyes, ears or fingers to readThis may include:• Re-design for Braille, adding additional accessible images and graphics and speech narration• Often distributed separately via a special library
  12. 12. Spheres to Influence and Help:• Standards• Publishing• Library Communities• Technology (reading systems, authoring tools)• Education• Government• Blind and print disabled persons
  13. 13. Conclusion:The DAISY Consortium believes that byworking across the publishing industry’svalue chain from standards and laws throughthe publishing library and distributionindustries, to people with disabilities, we willachieve our vision of people having equalaccess to information and knowledge,regardless of disabilities.