• 39th Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference - March 18 - 22,2024 at the Anaheim Marriott

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38th Annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference Has Concluded

The Most Accessible Publishing Spec is Now a W3C Standard

Date & Time
Tuesday, March 14, 2023 - 11:20 AM PST  
Platinum 7-8  
80% of Higher Education content is being delivered in EPUB 3. This session, designed as a comprehensive introduction for beginners and an update for the advanced, will cover the basics of modern publishing standards using EPUB 3. We cannot cover everything, but we can explain what every educational professional should know, and we will provide a comprehensive list of resources that will be invaluable. The European Accessibility Act goes fully into effect in 2025. It requires all digital publications be accessible, or it cannot be sold! Higher Educational publishers serve a global market, the accessibility of the EPUB 3.3 Standard, including the “EPUB Accessibility Conformance and Discoverability” portion, is having a profound impact on the uptake of adoption by the whole publishing industry. Major publishers in the US have been leading the transition, and the rest of the publishing industry is scrambling to meet accessibility requirements. This migration to Born Accessible publishing sets the stage for our presentation. In a Nutshell: • W3C EPUB 3.3 Publishing Recommendation • EPUB Accessibility Specification 1.1 • Accessibility Checker for EPUB (ACE) • Simple Manual Accessibility Reporting Tool (SMART) • Distributors of Higher Ed Content • Accessibility Metadata • Importance of third-party certification • The relationship between Born Accessible EPUB 3.3, Reading Systems, and Assistive Technology • Accessibility of Reading Systems • Authoring tools • Comprehensive list

This Presentation Link is provided by the Presenter(s) and not hosted by the Center on Disabilities at CSUN. The Center on Disabilities has confirmed, as of March 10 2023, content linked is relevant to the presentation, but has not been reviewed for accessibility nor will the Center on Disabilities attempt to remediate any accessibility issues in the linked content. Please contact the Presenter(s) with any accessibility concerns.

  • Higher Education
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • K-12 Education
  • Media & Publishing
Audience Level
Session Summary (Abstract)
The EPUB 3.3 specification completed the rigorous process to become an official W3C
Publishing Recommendation. This presentation will cover what you must know, including the “Accessibility Conformance and Discoverability” 1.1 portion of the Standard.  
Primary Topic
Digital Accessibility  
Secondary Topics
  • Blind/Low Vision
  • Captions & Transcription
  • Education
  • Emerging Technologies
Session Type
General Track  


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