Volume XIV Number 1, March 2014

Focus on Inclusive Publishing: Making Content Accessible From Day One

George Kerscher
In the Information Age, access to information is a fundamental human right.
—from George Kerscher's presentation to the United Nations, Bangkok 2002.

Focus on EPUB 3

Finally, the publishing industry and the disability community are coming together. The focus is on EPUB 3, the digital publishing standard from the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF). The library community, the publishing industry, related tech companies, educational institutions, governmental organizations, and the disability community have an opportunity to embrace the Open Web and surrounding standards through the EPUB 3 specification.

Never before has the disability community played such an important role in the development of a mainstream standard. The DAISY Consortium is putting resources towards the development and adoption of EPUB 3. The DAISY format is used throughout the world, and now the inclusion of accessibility features in the mainstream standard means that publications can be born accessible. The DAISY Consortium solidly approves this development and with increased worldwide implementations, we can change the information world.


Links to Supporting Materials

Kerscher, G. (2014). Focus on Inclusive Publishing: Making Content Accessible From Day One. Information Technology and Disabilities E-Journal, 14(1).