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Tools and Strategies for Creating Accessible ePub Documents

| Proposal No: 891

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  • Sean Keegan, Associate Director, Assistive Technology, Stanford University

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Length of Session (in hours): 2-hrFormat: Lab Expertise Level: All Levels Type of session: General Conference

Summary of Session

The ePub format, and the accessibility support in the format and reading apps, offers to improve student access to digital materials when using mainstream technologies. Developing the appropriate ePub authoring techniques will aid institutions in supporting students with print-disabilities.


Building the appropriate ePub authoring workflows as part of the alternate format production process at educational institutions is a necessary step to supporting students with print-disabilities. Desktop applications, such as Open Office Writer or Microsoft Word, allow content authors to work within a familiar word-processing environment, but require additional plug-ins or access to Web-based tools for converting documents to the ePub format. Other applications, such as Sigil or the BlueGriffon EPUB Edition, require all content authoring to be completed from within the ePub application itself. Within each of these ePub creation workflows, different steps must be taken to include accessibility information in order to deliver a usable document format for students.


  1. Desktop applications and tools available to create accessible ePub documents.
  2. Web-based services that support the conversion of documents into conforming ePub documents.
  3. The strategies and workflows specific to applications for integrating accessibility into the authoring process

Speaker Bio(s)

Sean Keegan

Sean Keegan is the Associate Director for Assistive Technology in the Office of Accessible Education (OAE) at Stanford University. As a member of the OAE, Sean oversees the implementation and support of assistive technology for students with disabilities throughout the campus as well as on mobile devices. Sean also oversees the Alternate Format Production Facility that provides conversion services for textbook and academic materials into alternate formats for students with disabilities. Recent projects include the implementation of a Web-based, captioning workflow solution designed to simplify the process of creating captioned media and the development of SCRIBE, a Web-based alternate format platform for converting electronic documents into accessible formats.