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From: John E Brandt
Date: Sep 27, 2012 12:19PM


The latest versions of DAISY and EPUB (3) standards can be used to produce
fully accessible digital documents assuming that the author/developer adds
the necessary elements. Apple uses EPUB 3 as the standard for the iPad and
these books work with VoiceOver on the iOS.

I don't know about the Kindle standard or the accessibility of the device. I
recall the US-DOE informing institutions of higher ed that they should not
be using the Kindle DX as the device was not accessible to students with
disabilities. See
http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-20100629.html

Regarding InDesign, I don't have recent information, but I recall that the
product also had the ability to create accessible digital documents and to
be able to convert them into accessible PDFs. Again, the assumption is that
the author/developer knows to add the necessary elements to make the
document accessible.

That all said, the hottest thing in e-books is the creation of what are
essentially multi-media, rich-content documents which include video clips,
interactive widgets and features. Apple has a free app for OSX called iBook
Author which creates iBooks in the EPUB 3 format and allows the addition of
these multi-media, rich content features. I am not sure of the accessibility
of all of those multimedia features. These kinds of multi-media documents
will be the next big accessibility challenge.

~j

John E. Brandt
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Augusta, Maine, USA


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Subject: [WebAIM] accessibility of InDesign for ebook creation

Hello All:

I have a project to create an ebook. I saw a presentation on InDesign at a
recent conference on Academic Technology and from a visual standpoint it
looked like it had the capability to produce a really nice product. I
understand that it can produce books in an ePub and Kindle (mobipocket)
format. I haven't heard anything about DAISY. Does anyone have any knowledge
on the accessibility of this platform (InDesign 6). Any recommendations for
different tool?

Thanks in advance.

-Howard



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