Accessible ebooks from InDesign


This course is designed principally for graphic designers and typesetters to enable them to create fully accessible ebooks from InDesign. It covers not only the full range of technical aspects of accessible ebook production, but also a wide range of content-related techniques, based on our almost two decades’ experience in accessible document production.

Content-related topics

  • Writing appropriate text alternatives (alt text) for images
  • Creating long descriptions for complex images/infographics
  • Optimising infographics, charts and other complex images for dyslexic and other print disabled users
  • Colour contrast, issues and techniques
  • Colour blindness, issues and techniques 
  • (Optional) Creating accessible indexes

Technical topics

  • Accessibility overview and relevant standards
  • Using paragraph, character and object styles to create properly structured, semantically rich and accessible documents
  • Images sizing, positioning and reading order issues and techniques
  • Accessible footnotes and endnotes
  • Setting reading order
  • Navigation
  • Exporting to EPUB, embedding fonts; importing external style sheets; metadata
  • Validation


  • Participants: we recommend a maximum of 6
  • Duration: 1 day, typically (can be longer if all optional topics are covered)
  • Prerequisites: at least a basic knowledge of the fundamentals of InDesign is required in order to get the best from this course

Course materials

Course materials include an illustrated, printed and bound course manual (typically 100 pages), and various handouts, “cheat sheets” and links to free tools and other online resources.

Terms and conditions

Please see our booking terms and conditions (PDF, 49KB).

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Client testimonials

The ebook training was extremely valuable. We are now well equipped to publish well-structured ebooks that will be flawlessly accessible to our students.

Alison Edwards, Learning Design & Technology, the Open University

I have worked with Ted over a number of years, first on creating accessible PDF then moving on to accessible eBooks. I do not know of anyone with a greater wealth of knowledge or experience in these areas. If you are looking for advice, information or training on any of these topics, your first stop should be to talk to Ted.

David Barrett, BT Senior Inclusion and Accessibility Manager