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Re: accessibility of InDesign for ebook creation


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

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.


John E. Brandt
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 Kramer
AHG Conference Coordinator
Access Specialist
fax: 492-5601
Disability Services
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