BIC Breakfast: accessible ebooks

We are delighted to announce that we are sponsoring the forthcoming BIC Breakfast on accessible ebooks. This event will take place on 25 April 2018 at the Poetry Café, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX.

C-Pen Exam Reader

A different kind of assistive technology, the C-Pen is a small, hand-held device for scanning text from a printed page and then displaying it in its own small screen. It also has a text-to-speech facility.

The language of parts and assistive technology pronunciation issues

When (and when not) to mark up changes in natural language …accompanying video includes how to in Microsoft Word, Adobe InDesign and Acrobat Pro.

Our new YouTube channel

We are delighted to announce the launch of our dedicated PDF and EPUB accessibility  YouTube channel.

PDF accessibility and reading order

Part 1 of: why a standards-compliant PDF is not necessarily the same thing as an accessible PDF …a PDF/UA-compliant document is not necessarily a fully accessible PDF…

GOV.UK and PDF accessibility

The problem of inaccessible PDFs is not the format itself, but the widespread lack of knowledge as to how to author them properly. Failure to understand this crucial distinction is itself an accessibility problem.

Dyslexia and the creative mindset—animation film and book

We are proud to be backing this project which has now reached its funding target…

Document accessibility: choice of format, standards, and testing with multiple assistive technologies

Here and in a series of forthcoming posts, we will be focusing on two important document accessibility themes. Firstly, all document formats, including HTML, have their strengths and weaknesses, and secondly, you may need to go much further than simply complying with standards…

Daisy Consortium announces beta release of EPUB 3 accessibility checker

The Daisy Consortium has this week announced the first public beta release of Ace (Accessibility Checker for EPUB)—an open source command line accessibility conformance checker for EPUB 3.

Fixing justified text in InDesign

There are many typographical factors that can affect the ability of people with dyslexia to read text. These include text and background colours, font face and size, leading (line height), and line and paragraph length.  Here we consider one further factor, namely text justification and the evenness of text spacing. Below we provide a quick tutorial for InDesign users on how to eliminate any potential problems, together with a note on the relevant standards.