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From: chagnon@pubcom.com
Date: Oct 24, 2020 5:17PM


Quote: << As far as learning and tracking with a printed book, accessible or not, we transitioned to two monitors for all our analysts years ago to deal with that. >>

I'd wager that most people on this list have dual monitors, but that doesn't mean students and learners have them. We're finding through our distance learning classes that maybe 1/3 of our adult students have a 2nd monitor. The reasons why folks don't:

1) They have 2 monitors at work, but now that they're working from home, their employer won't give them another monitor. They working only on their small laptop screen.

2) They're working only part time now, and don't have the finances to purchase a second monitor.

3) They've just never had 2 monitors and only now have had the reason to have 2.

We certainly can control our computer environments, but not those of our learners.

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Sent: Saturday, October 24, 2020 3:38 PM
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Subject: [WebAIM] Training Materials

Joe,

We also remediate PDFs for accessibility, but I suggest your training materials publisher consider EPUBs, which we also remediate. Because EPUBs are HTML based, we have lots more accessibility tags and constructs to improve the accessibility experience. What your training materials publisher will like is how DRM (Digital Rights Management) is integrated into EPUBs. This is why academic publishers have all gone with EPUBs instead of PDFs to protect their expensive textbooks while complying to regulations. Your training materials publisher is surely aware of their near-term regulatory fork in the road, expensive Braille or accessible digital.

The EPUB roadblock has historically been a lack of free, non-proprietary readers and display options for the public. This is improving right now. I'd be happy to point your training materials publisher toward those resources.

As far as learning and tracking with a printed book, accessible or not, we transitioned to two monitors for all our analysts years ago to deal with that. Work product on the left monitor and instructions on the right. I can't imagine going back, in fact, we've expanded one of the monitors to double wide.

Cheers,
Peter Shikli
Access2online Inc.