Marrakesh Treaty comes into force

With the coming into force of the Marrakesh Treaty on 30 September 2016, accessible format books can now be exchanged across many national borders without the risk of copyright rules being breached. This is a significant moment for anyone in the world of accessible ebooks.

US university loses case after posting inaccessible MOOCs

A major American university offering free but inaccessible MOOCs (massive open online courses) has been found to have broken US law by failing to ensure individuals with disabilities have equal access to course content.

Metadata, discoverability and accessibility in publishing

The commercial drivers of accessibility metadata… According to the World Bank and the World Health Organisation's World Report on Disability, 2011, some 15% of the world's population (over a billion people) have some form of disability.

Accessible PDF exam papers

Is PDF the ideal format for accessible exam papers?

BISG Quick Start Guide to Accessible Publishing

Last week the Book Industry Study Group (BISG) launched its Quick Start Guide to Accessible Publishing, providing a comprehensive guide to the essentials of creating accessible ebooks. The guide is available as a free download from the BISG site in, not surprisingly, a highly accessible EPUB as well as, unfortunately, an inaccessible PDF.

PDF accessibility: beyond tagging and screen reader accessibility

The following is a summary of the talk given by Ted Page, at the recent PDF Accessibility Days conference in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Ted Page interview with Olaf Drümmer, PDF Association

It's just over 1 month until the PDF Accessibility Days conference begins in Copenhagen on 12-13 November 2015. In readiness, guest speaker Ted Page was interviewed by Olaf Drümmer on his views around accessible PDF and school exams, which will be the topic of Ted's discussion at the conference.

WebAIM survey finds no significant improvement in PDF accessibility in more than 6 years. Why?

WebAIM recently published it's sixth screen reader user survey. It finds that perceptions of the accessibility of PDFs hasn’t improved significantly in over six years.

PDF is not an inherently inaccessible format

PDF is not an inherently inaccessible format. If you know how, most PDFs can be made as accessible as content in any other format, and in some cases, more so. The real problem is a dearth of relevant skills and know-how.

Over-reliance on automated PDF accessibility checkers

The PDF accessibility checker built into Acrobat Professional (versions 11 onwards) is a useful tool. However, it is important to understand that no automated checker will test the accessibility of a PDF and give you a yes or no answer. I have written about this previously elsewhere,…