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Accessible Publishing

Producing accessible publications need no longer be an expensive or arduous process added on to ‘regular’ production. With Typefi® Publish, accessibility can be built into the publishing process — and the added benefit of using Typefi’s XML-based automation systems means you will actually save money.

Why provide accessible publications?

Some organizations are legally required, or at least encouraged, to publish in accessible formats under Article 9 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and also under disability discrimination and human rights laws in their own countries.

Aside from wanting to make the world a better place, organizations might want to consider commercial incentives for producing accessible publications. People with a print disability make up a significant percentage of your potential market — especially when you consider that this group includes everyone whose eyesight fails with age.

What are accessible publications?

In this context, an accessible publication means one that can be accessed — read and comprehended — by a person with a disability. Although there are other aspects to accessibility, such as language, a publication’s format — the container for the content — is important.

There is no single accessible format because disabilities vary in both type and extent. For example, one visually impaired person might need read-aloud functionality, while for another person, large print, or an e-reading device that allows the reader to expand the font size, is sufficient. Someone with both hearing and visual impairment, however, will need Braille. Accessible publishing is about providing your readers with choice.

How does Typefi Publish help with accessibility?

Using Typefi Publish’s XML-based architecture, you can prepare content in Word or XML and flow it through Typefi Publish to generate both ‘regular’ formats and other accessible formats, including:

  • tagged PDF — a PDF specifically optimised for accessibility
  • DAISY file — an XML-based format for DAISY reading software
  • ePub file — XML-based format for e-reader software on smartphones, tablets and desktops and for e-reader devices
  • clear print InDesign file
  • large print (defined as 16 pt or above) InDesign file.

For Braille publications, usually produced by specialist translators and printers, Typefi Publish enables you to supply properly structured and tagged files for Braille conversion.

Accessibility is about more than just format; it involves language, structure and design too. Typefi Publish’s flexible workflow allows editors to focus on content and structure, and designers to focus on design, allowing both to implement accessibility across all elements of a publication.

Case Study: the WHO and accessible publishing

The WHO uses Typefi NLM to implement accessible publishing

“Accessible publishing using the Journal Article Tag Suite”
Melanie Lauckner and Chandi Perera describe how the World Health Organization has implemented accessible publishing using Typefi NLM, in a paper presented at the 2010 <JATS> conference:

Accessibility and Typefi Publish

  • Support for most common accessible formats
  • Reduce compliance costs with single-source publishing
  • Increase market with wider range of accessible formats
  • Improved workflow allowing better focus on accessibility principles