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From a Passive Provider to a Proactive Educator

Among China's 17 million blind people, around 10 percent are estimated to know Braille. For the rest, hearing is their only way to access books.

Hongdandan is a Beijing-based nonprofit that "provides cultural products through voice" and records audiobooks. Founded in 2003, the organization started out as a provider of broadcast training to the blind.

The Floe Project: Inclusive EPUB Resources

The Floe project participants have created an EPUB 3 resource (handbook) that exemplifies best practices for developing accessible publications in EPUB format.

The following accessibility features are covered:

Update: The Transforming Braille Project

In November 2011, as Chair of RNIB, Kevin Carey with a goal to make braille devices more affordable, gathered together a core group of colleagues from:

Jim Fruchterman shares his ideas on social open source product development

Jim: "Within our Global Literacy Program, we offer Go Read, a free, accessible Android eBook reader optimized for people with vision impairments. It allows users to read accessible eBooks, which we make available via Bookshare library, on a variety of Android tablets and phones. Open source volunteers based Go Read on the open source FBReader project, and then our staff completed the production version.

Talking newspapers and Vision Australia's dedicated volunteers

Michael Ward of Vision Australia (DAISY Consortium Member) recently had lunch with dedicated volunteers. He presented them with 20-year badges and demonstrated the DAISY player that is now used to access recordings of the Guardian and other newspapers. The recordings now come on CDs as well as downloads, and the DAISY player makes it possible to jump to different sections, skip ahead in stories, and even alter the playback speed.

Rosenfeld Media: Bring it to market in the format that makes sense

Rosenfeld Media is focused on user experience design as its subject. Its most recent book, A Web for Everyone, is a publication about incorporating accessibility principles into website design from the start, so that your site works everywhere. It is their first book to come out in DAISY in addition to other formats. Its electronic distribution is now handled through a partnership with O’Reilly Media.

Making Transition to Accessible EPUB 3

Mark Bide, Executive Director, EDItEUR recently gave a talk on the importance of including accessibility features in EPUB 3 files. Below please find some of his points that we find worth sharing.

DIAGRAM Center Presents: The Accessible Image Sample Book

The Accessible Image Sample Book was created by the DIAGRAM Content Working Group. It is a free online resource that demonstrates various options for creating accessible versions of digital images such as maps, bar charts, diagrams, mathematical expressions, photographs, and more.

New Articles on DAISYpedia: Improve Audiobook Editing With Obi

Obi is easy to learn, highly accessible, and powerful DAISY production tool that enables anybody to produce accessible rich DAISY content with minimal amount of training. New articles to better assist Obi users have been been posted to DAISYpedia.

We hope you find both articles helpful:

Semantics & Simplicity: Keys to ‘Future-Proof’ EPUB 3 Content

“Think about what your content means. We lose sight of the fact that content actually means something,” said Joshua Tallent, chief ebook architect at Firebrand Technologies, discussing the practical aspects of EPUB 3 at the Digital Design and Production Conference at Digital Book World 2014 in New York.

Semantic language should be the focal point for ebook designers working with EPUB3, according to Tallent, especially when it comes to planning for the future of digital products.

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