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DIAGRAM Standards Working Group Update

2017 February 28
by Charles LaPierre

On January 5th 2017 the IDPF released the latest EPUB 3.1 specification and a new Accessibility 1.0 Conformance and Discovery Specification which for the first time finally draws a line in the sand on what makes an EPUB book accessible at a baseline.  This specification along with its accompanying EPUB Accessibility Techniques document will help publishers and authors to create truly accessible publications.  Not only does this specification help the publishers with creating accessible materials but also will help everyone Find Accessible EPUBs with the new accessibility metadata that must be added to these books in order for them to be certified as being accessible.  I was fortunate to be a part of this historic moment as co-chair for this accessibility task force who helped create this accessibility specification, and a big thank you to all those who contributed in making this happen.

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