More Accessible Than You Realize: What the Big 5 publishers Provide

Bios & Handouts

Scheduled at 10:30am in WB I on Friday, November 16.

#17804

Speaker(s)

  • Bill Kasdorf, Principal, Kasdorf & Associates, LLC

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Panel
  • Expertise Level: All Levels
  • Type of session: General Conference

Summary

The Big 5 higher ed publishers share their EPUB stories: How are they implementing accessibility and what features can you expect in their new titles? Moderated by Bill Kasdorf, speakers include Rachel Comerford from Macmillan Learning, Jonathan Thurston from Pearson, Lisa Nicks from McGraw-Hill, and Michele Bruno from Cengage (Wiley speaker TBD).

Abstract

Many DSOs/DSS offices don't realize how far the Big 5 higher education publishers have come in recent years to make their textbooks and other educational resources accessible. Today, most of them now provide accessible EPUBs that have good image descriptions, thorough structural markup (HTML-based with ARIA roles), excellent navigation, and--for STM content--MathML and well structured HTML tables with row and column headers. Yet all too often, not realizing this, a DSS office will obtain a PDF or Word file and laboriously remediate it. In addition, these publishers are working hard to ensure that non-text resources such as multimedia and interactive features are as accessible as possible. The aim of this session is to help the attendees realize the level of accessibility available from these publishers and to encourage them to appreciate the benefits that accessible EPUB can provide.

Keypoints

  1. The Big 5 Higher-Ed publishers have made great strides in providing accessible educational resources.
  2. DSOs often remediate PDFs when much more accessible EPUBs are available.
  3. These publishers are also working to make multimedia and interactive features as accessible as possible.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Alternate Format, eBooks, EPUB Track, Information Technology, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Bill Kasdorf

Bill Kasdorf, kasdorf.bill@gmail.com, is Principal of Kasdorf & Associates, LLC, a publishing consultancy focusing on accessibility, XML/HTML/EPUB modeling, information infrastructure, standards and best practices alignment, and editorial and production workflows. Bill is active in the Book Industry Study Group (he is Chair of BISG’s Content Structure Committee), the W3C (serving on the Steering Committee of the Publishing Business Group and the Publishing Working Group), and the International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC). He is the recipient of the BISG Industry Champion Award, the Society for Scholarly Publishing’s Distinguished Service Award, and the IDEAlliance/DEER Luminaire Award. Bill has written and spoken widely on publishing technology and workflows. In his consulting practice, Bill has served large international publishers such as Pearson, Cengage, Wolters Kluwer, Kaplan, and Sage; scholarly presses and societies such as Harvard, MIT, Toronto, Taylor & Francis, Cambridge, and IEEE; aggregators such as VitalSource; and global publishing and library organizations such as the World Bank, the British Library, the Asian Development Bank, OCLC, and the European Union.

Handout(s)