Bookshare Reader: A New beginning for Accessible Reading with Bookshare

Scheduled at 11:15am in Plaza D on Thursday, November 18.

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Speaker(s)

  • Charles LaPierre, Technical Lead, DIAGRAM and Born Accessible, Benetech

Session Details

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

Summary

Bookshare's "Read Now" functionality is getting a brand-new online reading system that leverages the latest technology, allowing for a feature rich and accessible reading experience including fully supporting MathML in Bookshare books. Come see the new Bookshare Reader in action.

Abstract

It's been almost a decade since Bookshare's WebReader has undergone any major development. Rebuilt from scratch the new Bookshare Reader will leverage the latest open-source technology while continuing to offer a feature rich experience for Bookshare customers.

Additionally, new Bookshare Reader will be the first fully integrated reader with Bookshare to fully support the reading of MathML in Bookshare books.

Bookshare Reader is an online reading system that runs on all the latest PC and Mac browsers. This session will highlight the new features as well as the roadmap for future development.

Keypoints

  1. Bookshare Reader the new and improved online Book reader for Bookshare customers.
  2. Bookshare Reader will be a fully integrated reader with Bookshare supporting the reading of math.
  3. A ubiquitous reading experience for PC, Mac, and mobile.

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Mobility, Vision

Topic Areas

Accessible Educational Materials, Alternate Format, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Charles LaPierre

Charles has over 25 years’ accessibility development experience and has been a pioneer in accessible product development since 1993. Charles currently a member of the W3C, Personalization Task Force of the APA, a member of the Publishing Working Group, and EPUB3 community group. Charles is the technical architect of the new Global Certified Accessible initiative at Benetech to certify publisher content as conforming to the new EPUB 1.0 Accessibility Specification. Charles has a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.