What the heck is all this EPUB Hubbub about ?

Handouts Media

Presented at 2:15pm in Westminster I on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.



  • George Kerscher, Chief Innovations Officer, DAISY Consortium
  • Becky Gibson, , Knowbility
  • Rick Johnson, Vice President, Product Strategy, VitalSource Technologies, LLC
  • Rachel Comerford, Senior Director of Content Standards and Accessibility, Macmillan Learning

Session Details

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


This presentation will provide an overview of what educational publishers are providing by using the EPUB 3 format. The standards, the accessibility conformance requirements, and reporting will be covered. You will learn about the accessibility of EPUBs before it is purchased, and the accessibility of Reading Apps.


This publishing industry session will explain the fundamentals in the movement to create born accessible publications using the EPUB 3 Standard. It will cover the EPUB 3 specification , the Accessibility conformance requirements, and the amazing adoption and implementation by educational publishers. It will provide a Brief overview of accessibility checking and reporting tools, and explain the distribution channels that enable discovery of truly accessible publications. We will look at the accessibility testing of reading Apps, and explain the relationship between Accessible EPUB content, a Reading App, and the Assistive Technology a student uses.


  1. EPUB publicationscan be fully accessible from publisher.
  2. Accessibility checking tools make conformance to WCAG AA verifable.
  3. Reading Apps work with AT and make for a complete reading experience.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Assistive Technology, EPUB Track, Other, Teaching about Accessibility in Curriculum, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

George Kerscher

George Kerscher Ph.D.

“Access to information is a fundamental human right.” 2003 to the United Nations George Kerscher began his IT innovations in 1987 and coined the term "print disabled." George is dedicated to developing technologies that make information not only accessible, but also fully functional in the hands of persons who are blind or who have a print disability. He believes properly designed digitally published materials and web pages can make information accessible to all people. George is an advocate for semantically rich content which can be used effectively by everybody. As Chief Innovations Officer of the DAISY Consortium, Senior Advisor, Global Literacy to Benetech, and member of Publishing Groups in the W3C, Kerscher is a recognized international leader in document access. In addition, Kerscher chairs the DAISY/NISO Standards committee, Chairs the Steering Council of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI, and also serves on the Advisory Board of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Becky Gibson

Rick Johnson

Rachel Comerford