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Re: EPUB 3 and accessibility for ebooks


From: Christophe Strobbe
Date: Nov 25, 2011 5:12AM


At 21:50 22-11-2011, Karen Mardahl wrote:
>Yesterday, as @stcaccess, I tweeted an article from O'Reilly Radar
>called "Why we needed EPUB 3: New reading devices, multimedia
>storytelling and accessibility needs made EPUB 3 a necessity."
>The article is at

There is another interesting article about DAISY and EPUB
developments in the DAISYpedia:

This article points out (among other things) that the DAISY-EPUB
relationship is not new, and that Markus Gylling, DAISY Consortium
CTO, who is leading the development of DAISY 4 and EPUB 3, is also
CTO of the IDPF.

Best regards,


>I received a few comments on Twitter where 140 characters simply
>wasn't enough, so I came here.
>1. Does anyone know whether EPUB 3 will be *the* format for publishing
>accessible ebooks? My impression from a forgotten article is yes -
>that this format will render DAISY obsolete. (Or will it?)
>2. How well *is* EPUB 3 doing on accessibility? I get the impression
>exciting things will happen with math markup.
>3. What exactly is the relationship between EPUB 3 and HTML5: is EPUB
>3 waiting on HTML5 for anythig or is it just going ahead with what's
>available now? (...)

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