Interessante Entwicklung im Amazon Lehrmittelstreit in NY

Die Stadt New York stand mit Amazon vor dem Abschluss einer Vereinbarung für elektronische Lehrmittel über 30 Millionen Dollar.

Die Blindenverbände konnten erfolgreich intervenieren. Die Verhandlungen sind aufgrund unzureichender Zugänglichkeit von Amazons eBook-Format erst mal ausgesetzt. Eine grosse Chance für EPUB3.

Amazon e-book deal with NYC public schools postponed as blind advocates say it would leave out visually impaired students:

$30 Million Amazon Contract for New York City Schools Held Up By Accessibility Concerns:

Das Ganze erinnert an die Anfänge von Apples Weg der Tugend:  Youtube Video mit Daniel Goldstein (EN)


EPUB 3 marching to replace PDF as the standard for accessible published materials

Webinar Ankündigung:

IAAP Webinar (Fee-based) on August 19th: *EPUB 3 marching to replace PDF as the standard for accessible published materials.* PDF, das war einmal (:-) ).. als Vision. Time: 11:00 a.m. Eastern (UTC – 4 hours). Presenters: George Kerscher and Becky Gibson. Register online (


IDPF Event Report: Transforming Institutional Publishing

Eine lohnende Lektüre: Überblick über die laufende Entwicklung im Bereich Publishing:

…today, adaptivity and user centrism are essential to the work of the IDPF, Readium, and others, as are alignment with the Open Web Platform and a commitment to open standards and the creation of an open platform in general, leading toward the vision of EPUB+WEB which IDPF and the W3C are jointly engaged in.

The Protocols and Formats Working Group, in coordination with the Digital Publishing Interest Group, published a First Public Working Draft of Digital Publishing WAI-ARIA Module 1.0. This specification extends WAI-ARIA 1.1 to define an ontology of roles, states, and properties specific to digital publishing. It facilitates automated processing and accessibility support by providing semantics that are not included in base languages such as HTML. It allows authors to convey structural information to assistive technologies, and to enable semantic navigation, styling, and interactive features used by readers. More information is available in the blog post “ARIA and DPUB publish FPWD”. Learn more about the the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) and the Digital Publishing Activity.

ARIA and DPUB published a First Public Working Draft (FPWD)

One of the roles of the DPUB IG is to work with technical representatives of the web and publishing communities toward convergence of digital publishing and web standards (see a recent blog on the Digital Publishing Interest Group and its current plans). The DPUB IG includes representatives of the standards organizations of the publishing world, the IDPF and DAISY. Publishers have hundreds of years of experience in creating books, journals, magazines, and other publications. Modern publishing workflows and standards rely heavily on the traditions of publishing as well as on the technologies and specifications of the open web platform. The DPUB IG seeks to offer our input toward improving publishing on the web and leverage the technologies of the Web as we improve publishing. This document is one of the first examples. The DPUB ARIA TF also worked with members of the HTML Accessibility Task Force to agree to a method that is appropriate for all user agents.

Shortly, the DPUB ARIA Task Force will begin the work of creating mappings to assistive technologies. We will also work with the IDPF and other members of the digital publishing community to ensure that everyone is comfortable with this proposed vocabulary. We also want to ensure that the dpub- vocabulary is itself extensible. Indeed, there are many terms in the IDPF’s vocabulary that are not yet addressed. For example, the IDPF has been working on specifications for educational publishing, and we know that there is ongoing work to address the accessibility of (educational) assessments.


Proceedings des 9th European e-Accessibility Forum

Mit Freude können wir die Veröffentlichung der Proceedings des 9th European e-Accessibility Forum bekann geben.

Das Forum  stand ganz im Zeichen von EPUB3. Ein starkes Signal der Accessibility-Community an die Schulbehörden und Lehrmittelverlage Europas.

Hier gehts zu den Proceedings.

Speziell zu empfehlen sind die Beiträge von Daniel Goldstein und George Kerscher sowie die Beiträge der Session „Making Complex Content Accessible“ und des Workshops „Producing accessible books“.

Wiley incorporates alt text to make content more accessible

Starting this month, Wiley will roll out a workflow to include alternative text (alt text) in nearly all of our frontlist books. Wiley is one of the first major publishers to include alt text this broadly.

Alt text is a description that provides contextual meaning to images and illustrations.  Non-visual browsers and screen readers express alt text to readers when images cannot be accessed. This is an important criterion for accessibility compliance.

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Barrierefreie Lehrmittel im ePUB 3 – Format