DIAGRAM 2014 Year-End Roundup
We may collectively look back on 2014 as the year that a tipping point was achieved in the widespread acknowledgement among mainstream publishers that accessibility of educational materials is not only critical but also achievable. It’s the year that Elsevier announced all images in 2015 publications will contain alt text. It’s the year that Pearson announced that MathML will be used in books produced in 2015 and beyond. It’s also the year that the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) established an Accessibility Working Group to create a “quick start guide” as a reference for all publishers who want to make their digital content accessible. The voices of all of us in the DIAGRAM Advisory Board and Working Groups have very much influenced this collective conversation. Because of your hard work all year, we are ever closer to achieving our goal of “born accessible” image content for current and future generations of students with disabilities.
Highlights from the year include:
- Debut of the new Accessible Image Sample Book
- Release of a new Poet Training Module
- Partnership with Microsoft and the American Mathematical Society to develop MathML Cloud
- Collaborating on updated goals during our 40-member DIAGRAM strategic planning meeting
- Addition of brand-new webinars on new models for creating accessible interactive widgets, how to use the Accessible Image Sample Book, and 3D printing for accessible educational materials
- Update of the popular guide to DTB Authoring & Reading Tools (a.k.a. the product matrices)
- New research on Accessible Dynamic Scientific Graphics and 3D Printing for Accessible Materials in Schools
- New tool development on JSWAVES and Description Templates for Common Graphics
- Re-introduction of the Content Model as Diagrammar: A Framework for Making Images and Graphics Accessible
For your part in all these accomplishments and so many more, we thank you. Onward and upward in 2015 and beyond!