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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.

Happy New Year!

May 2014 bring you health, joy, peace, and much success in your endeavors to build understanding, respect and collaboration across cultures! We appreciate you being part of the DAISY community!

Let's continue to focus on Inclusive Publishing in 2014, making sure that all publications are accessible from day one!

Bookshare Technology Survey - 2013

Bookshare has developed a survey with a goal to understand which computers, software, and mobile devices Bookshare members use so they can build better solutions. Their survey will take about five to seven minutes to complete and closes Friday, December 6, 2013. After you complete the survey, you can choose to be entered in a drawing to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Link to the Bookshare Technology Survey.

9 Reasons to Choose High Quality Text-to-Speech

Computer generated voice, also called 'text-to-speech' or 'text-to-voice' functionality, enables people with visual impairments to live more independent lives. In addition, sometimes hearing text read out loud to you is better than reading with your eyes, especially when you are driving or walking and using a portable device.

There are plenty of reasons why clarity and accuracy of text-to-speech matter:

EDUPUB Workshop: Goals for Accessibility in Educational eBooks

DIAGRAM community members including George Kerscher, Gerardo Capiel, Geoff Freed, Madeleine Rothberg, Mark Hakkinen, TV Raman, and Kyle Keane attended the EDUPUB conference on October 29-30 in Boston, MA. The event was organized by Pearson and the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). The goal of the forum was to create action plans for the next year of development of educational e-books by exploring four themes: Educational Interoperability, Rich and Interactive Content, Accessibility, and Production Workflows.

NLS BARD App for iOS: NFB Review

Amy Mason has written a very informative review of the new NLS BARD App for iOS. Her article is posted to the NFB AT blog. Here's what she says about reading DAISY books:

Pipeline 2 1.6 released!

Version 1.6 of the DAISY Pipeline 2 project is now available for download. The following alternative packages are proposed:

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