IDPF Summit On EPUB Accessibility And Certification
The IDPF’s summit on EPUB Accessibility and Certification was held in Baltimore last month. Individual presentations and panel discussions were extremely informative. Notable speakers were George Kerscher, Bill McCoy and Markus Gylling to name just a few. A variety of topics were discussed from accessibility certification of EPUB books and if this can be automated, whats new in draft specification for EPUB 3.1 including the proposed new accessibility profile, and the imminent release of the Book Industry Study Group’s new Quick Start Guide to Accessible Publishing. I gave an informative review of WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) and what is missing from an accessibility digital publishing prospective. This was then followed up with a panel discussion on how these could be tested for during an automated certification process. Other notable topics discussed were Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) -where from inside an eBook interacts with other tools, accessible Question Test Infrastructure (aQTI) – a powerful end-to-end delivery mechanism for assessments, and the KERIS reading system built on Readium with the addition of accessibility features including highlighting and bookmarks. The summit was a huge success with the audience engaged and asking insightful questions which provoked many debates on how to proceed. It was also exciting, as the IDPF is sending a clear message with its desire to create an EPUB certification program that refers the accessibility profile that new publications need to be born accessible. Next up, I will be travelling to San Diego for CSUN, where I plan to find some new areas of interest we may want to consider investigating further. Stay tuned for my post CSUN report!