What (the Heck) is EPUB 3?

Scheduled at 2:15pm in Westminster IV on Thursday, January 1 (2018).



  • Becky Gibson, Knowbility

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


EPUB 3 is becoming the document standard in publishing, education, and corporate environments. Learn how the open, accessible EPUB 3 format enables a richer user experience and more inclusive access to digital math, interactive documentation, complex layouts, and charts.


EPUB 3 is an open standard format for digital publications that makes use of open web technologies (HTML5, WAI-ARIA, SVG, and MathML). The features of EPUB enable content providers to deliver a richer user experience and more inclusive access to digital math, interactive documentation, complex layouts, and charts. Forget the "pinch and squeeze" when viewing documents on a mobile device, EPUB offers reflow capabilities. It will help mobile users access and consume documents easily and without degradation of performance. Leveraging accessible technology solutions such as EPUB 3 will enhance the customer experience, increase customer satisfaction, and eliminate barriers to digital knowledge.

This session will review the current state of the art regarding the EPUB 3 open standards format. Attendees will understand the reasons and benefits as to why publishers, education, and corporations are standardizing on EPUB.


  1. EPUB 3 is becoming document standard for publishing and education.
  2. EPUB 3 is built upon open standards and enables accessibility and interactivity.
  3. Explore the tools for reading, creating, and testing EPUB 3 documents.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

eBooks, Faculty Instruction/Accessible Course Design, Information Resources, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Becky Gibson

Becky is a recognized expert in the field of digital inclusion and enabling accessible solutions. Her extensive career as an Accessibility Architect at IBM impacted products, customer strategy, and industry standards. She is passionate about making Web and mobile applications usable for people of all abilities. She participated in the creation of W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG) and developed and evangelized the Accessible Rich Internet Applications (ARIA) specification. Becky is a recognized expert in the accessibility field and works with clients, partners, and is an invited speaker at conferences. Becky is an accessibility consultant currently working with Knowbility.