Journals, Monographs, and Trade Books Can Be Accessible Too

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Scheduled at 4:00pm in Westminster IV on Thursday, November 15 (2018).



  • Bill Kasdorf, Principal, Kasdorf & Associates, LLC
  • Luc Audrain, Head of Digitalization Support, Hachette Livre
  • Rob Posadas, Vice President of Solution Architecture, Atypon
  • Jon McGlone, Front End Developer & UI Designer, Michigan Publishing, University of Michigan
  • Richard Orme, Chief Executive Officer, DAISY Consortium

Session Details

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


EPUB is a standard format for trade and scholarly books--and now, journals too. They are closer to being accessible than most people realize. Speakers will include Luc Audrain from Hachette (trade books); Jon McGlone from the University of Michigan Press (scholarly monographs); and Rob Posadas from Atypon (journal articles as EPUBs).


It's often assumed that only educational publishers are making strides on accessibility. But thanks to the dominance of EPUB in the publishing ecosystem and its rich capabilities for accessibility, great strides are being made in the areas of trade books, scholarly monographs, and journal articles. In this session, Luc Audrain from Hachette, one of the world's largest trade publishers, will discuss how by making accessible EPUB a required format from all their prepress vendors, Hachette is making it possible for the many publishers using those vendors to obtain accessible EPUBs too. At the other end of the scale, Jon McGlone from the University of Michigan Press will discuss how a small scholarly publisher has built accessibility into its editorial and production workflows for scholarly monographs. And finally, Rob Posadas from Atypon, one of the world's largest journal hosting services, will discuss how their latest release creates EPUBs for journal articles--including MathML.


  1. EPUB is enabling all types of publishers, not just education houses, to produce accessible content.
  2. Speakers will show how a trade publisher, a monograph publisher, and a journal host are paving the way.
  3. Building accessibility into EPUB workflows enables publishers of all sorts to provide accessible publications.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Alternate Format, EPUB Track, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Bill Kasdorf

Bill Kasdorf,, is Principal of Kasdorf & Associates, LLC, a consultancy focusing on editorial and production workflows, XML/HTML/EPUB modeling, information infrastructure, standards and best practices alignment, and accessibility. He is a founding partner of Publishing Technology Partners. Bill is active in the W3C (as the W3C Global Publishing Evangelist and serving on the Publishing Working Group, Publishing Business Group, and the EPUB 3 Community Group) and co-chairs NISO’s Video & Audio Metadata Guidelines Working Group. He is Past President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP). He is a member the Book Industry Study Group (BISG), serving on BISG’s Workflow Committee, the International Press Telecommunications Council (IPTC), and the DAISY Consortium for accessibility. He is the recipient of the SSP Distinguished Service Award, the BISG Industry Champion Award, and the IDEAlliance/DEER Luminaire Award. Bill has written and spoken widely on publishing technology and workflows and accessibility. He is general editor of The Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing and co-editor of the BISG Guide to Accessible Publishing, and serves on the editorial board of Learned Publishing, having guest edited the January 2019 issue devoted to accessibility. In his consulting practice, he has served large international publishers such as Pearson, Cengage, Wolters Kluwer, Kaplan, and Sage; scholarly presses and societies such as NEJM, the National Academies Press, Harvard, MIT, Toronto, Taylor & Francis, Cambridge, IEEE, the American College of Physicians, and the Cochrane Library; aggregators such as VitalSource; and global publishing and library organizations such as the World Bank, the British Library, the Asian Development Bank, OCLC, ORCID, and the Publishing Office of the European Union.

Luc Audrain

A graduate from the French Arts et Métiers Engineer School, Luc has spent his career working on information processing in the publishing industry.

Luc joined Hachette Livre in 2001 in the position of technical expert and, started in 2009, as Head of Digitalization, to bring support to all publishers of the group. Also involved in the design of the company information system, he promotes understanding and implementation of standards, noticeably for e-book files formats (EPUB) and metadata distribution (ONIX).

Rob Posadas


Jon McGlone

Jonathan McGlone has worked at the intersections of academic libraries, digital publishing, design, and the web since 2007.

As a front end developer and Senior Associate Librarian at the University of Michigan Library since 2012, Jonathan’s primary work involves front end web development, user interface design, usability, and accessibility for Michigan Publishing and University of Michigan Press web assets including open access journals, ebooks, and websites hosted on a variety of platforms. Most recently he is actively involved with the development of Fulcrum, a Mellon Foundation funded open source digital publishing platform for scholarly publishers that launched in 2016.

He currently chairs Michigan Publishing’s Accessibility Group, a group aiming to make University of Michigan Press ebooks, digital content, and web publications equitable for all readers. Jonathan is also an active member of the University Library’s Digital Accessibility Team, an award winning group of developers and accessibility advocates that aim to educate and provide accessibility services across the Library.

Richard Orme

Richard is Chief Executive of the DAISY Consortium, the global organization whose mission is to develop standards and solutions for accessible publishing and reading. He is Chair of the Right to Read Alliance in the UK, a founding member of the Publishers Association Accessibility Action Group, serves on the board of the Accessible Books Consortium (an initiative of the UN agency WIPO) and is a director of the regional blind association in the English county where he lives. Richard first encountered accessible learning technologies as a college lecturer thirty years ago and has seen a lot of change since then, but is most excited by the progress in the last three.


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