Make Accessible EPUBs from Adobe InDesign Layouts (Lecture session)

Presented at 2:15pm in Standley II Lab on Thursday, November 15, 2018.



  • Bevi Chagnon, President and Founding Partner, PubCom—Accessible Design + Publishing

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 2-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


If you already can make InDesign layouts for accessible PDFs, then this demonstration will give the details you need to know about converting them to accessible EPUBs, giving your college more options to meet the needs of your students with minimal cost and labor.


Take your accessible InDesign layouts to the next level! This advanced session is for those who already know know the basics of making accessible documents from Adobe InDesign, the world's leading desktop publishing software. The session demonstrates how to adjust your layouts and export them to fully accessible EPUB versions of your publication. You now can have it all from InDesign — press-quality PDFs, accessible PDFs, and accessible EPUBs. Yeowza! Added discussions: What types of designs and publications are good candidates for EPUB; how EPUBs differ from PDFs; recommended OpenType/Unicode open source fonts that are royalty free; and Common gotchas to prevent in EPUBs.


  1. Includes step-by-step instructions
  2. Review of EPUB strengths and drawbacks
  3. Tips for maximizing the appearance and readability of EPUBs

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Alternate Format, Teaching about Accessibility in Curriculum, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Bevi Chagnon

Bevi Chagnon is half geek, half designer, and 100% teacher. She has several decades of experience in publishing and academia, as well as being an Adobe expert for InDesign and Acrobat, focusing on accessibility for documents.

She also is a US delegate to the ISO committees for PDF standards, including PDF/UA (universal access). And a former contributor to WCAG (and now is a "lurker").

Her firm,, works with government, commercial, and STEM publishers to improve their overall publishing workflow for cross-media publishing and to build accessible features into all their publications and media. She is the senior trainer for her firm which teaches publishing technologies and accessibility, and is the author of the firm’s acclaimed series of step-by-step books for creating accessible publications and digital media.

During her career, Chagnon has been an award-winning commercial magazine art director; adjunct faculty member at several colleges for graphic design, digital media, and computer technologies; managing editor; webmaster and curator; director of publications and outreach; and software beta tester/advisor to many technology companies.

Catch Bevi on Adobe's Community Forums where she's an Adobe Community Professional in the Acrobat, InDesign, and accessibility forums. She's also a frequent contributor to the WebAIM and ATHEN forums.