Understanding Accessibility in EPUB (May 2020)

£99.00 +VAT

Understanding Accessibility in EPUB – in three lunchtime sessions from your desk.

(Thursday 7th, Thursday 14th and Thursday 21st May 2020 from 13:00 – 14:00)

*Now 50% off for BookMachine members*

Currently less than 8% of the world’s books ever make it into accessible formats. Making our books, ebooks and other content accessible is crucial, both from an ethical standpoint and as a legal requirement. This online presentation is aimed at digital publishing professionals wanting to improve their publishing practices using EPUB in 2020.

“Amazing course! Wish I had done it years ago. I’ll be recommending this to my team” – Simon Mellins, Ebook Technical Coordinator, Penguin Books

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This three part online course explains and methods, techniques and recommended software and services to use in adding rich accessibility to EPUBs.

Session 1 – Thurs 7th May – 1pm
The internal structure of EPUB
– Main languages of EPUB – XML, XHTML, CSS
– Understanding and amending the OPF
– Adding Accessibility Metadata
– TOCs, Page Lists, Landmarks and supplemental lists
– Fixed Layout vs. Reflowable EPUB structure
– Language declarations and shifts

Session 2 – Thurs 14th May – 1pm
Describing Images for accessibility and discoverability
– Best practice for and adding descriptions to images, tables and infographics
– Coding EPUBs for short and extended image descriptions
– Adding alt text in InDesign
– Decorative images and context changes
– A look at image descriptions services – textBOX & CircularFLO

Session 3 – Thurs 21st May – 1pm
Adding accessibility into EPUB
– Marking up for accessibility within InDesign
– epub:type & ARIA roles
– Adding semantics
– Validation and accessibility checking
– Extra recommend tools (ACE, EPUB-Checker, Sigil, Vellum, CircularFLO)
– Modern ebook reading software for accessible EPUB content

Your trainer

The course is led by Ken Jones. Ken sits on the BookMachine Editorial Board. He is a publishing software expert with over ten years’ experience as Technical Production Manager, software trainer and developer at Penguin Group UK. He is the mastermind behind Circular Software, which offers workflow advice, software tools and training to improve how publishers produce their illustrated print and digital books.

“We covered so much in 3 hours – Ken is an excellent trainer!” – Madeleine Pearson, Digital Content Manager, Manchester University Press