Simple Google search for books with accessible images? Yes, please! How you can help.
Why can’t you find books with accessible features such as image descriptions and MathML by doing a simple Google search? The reason is: lack of metadata. Earlier this year, Benetech as part of a working group with IMS Global, NCAM, and others, submitted a proposal for accessibility metadata to Schema.org that would make it possible to find materials with accessible features on the web. An early reference implementation has now been implemented in Bookshare. Every book’s information page is tagged with metadata about accessibility and as a result anyone can set up Google Custom Search Engine to search on these tags and find books with image descriptions, MathML, and the like.
Our vision is to make accessibility metadata tagging a standard part of the publication process. Now is the time: standards are being set as I write this post. Our working groups are in active discussion with Schema.org, but it would be extremely helpful for more voices to be heard immediately. Please consider commenting and expressing your support for the accessibility metadata proposal. You can:
- Respond to the Accessibility Metadata Draft Proposal Submission and tell the W3C why this initiative is important to you.
- Email the list directly and reference the proposal itself.
Thank you in advance for your help.
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