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Accessible Publishing Working Group

The Accessible Publishing working group develops educational resources that promote best practices for accessibility in publishing. In 2016, the working group released the first version of its "Quick Start Guide to Accessibility". The working group is chaired by Robin Seaman of Benetech.

Working Group Goals

The working group will continue its work to:

  • Promote adoption of accessibility practices in a variety of ways, including continued dissemination of the BISG "Quick Start Guide to Accessible Publishing", currently available in five languages. The Guide is actively promoted at publishing conferences and to international organizations.
  • Work with the DAISY Consortium and Benetech to issue an updated edition of the "Quick Start Guide" that will incorporate developments since the first version was released
  • Build on the BISG's June 2016 "Executive Briefing" on accessibility to conduct outreach through webinars, workshops and accessibility-focused events

Why work on accessibility?

Purchasing decisions in both K-12 and post-secondary institutions are increasingly contingent on compliance with accessibility standards. Libraries are also beginning to demand accessible ebooks. Retrofitting content and creating separate workflows and products are not economically viable ways of addressing accessibility.

The "Quick Start" guide offers publishers a way to create "born accessible" content. Publishers who follow the guidelines can streamline their workflows and enhance their content with features that benefit a wider audience. Ultimately, that grows the audience for published works, to the benefit of both producers and consumers.

What can you expect to see from our work? 

  • An upcoming webinar on accessibility
  • A BISG accessibility event 
  • An industry-wide survey on publishing practices and attitudes around accessibility

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