Guy van der Kolk
Senior Solutions Consultant, Typefi
Almost five years ago, I learned about my first major project as a fresh Typefi employee: I was to implement a multilingual, multi-format accessible workflow at a specialised agency of the United Nations. No pressure!
Fortunately, I am multilingual, and had a lot of experience with multiple formats, but I had no idea what this accessibility thing was all about.
Needless to say, the learning curve was high. However, I did not have to go at it alone: colleagues had done some of this work before, and the internet is a veritable treasure trove of information.
Now, after five years of helping Typefi customers successfully implement accessible publishing workflows, I have learnt a thing or two about accessible publishing challenges—and how to overcome them—that I would like to share with you.
In February 2018, Typefi was shortlisted for an Accessible Books Consortium International Excellence Award—an achievement of which our team is extremely proud!
These annual awards, part of The London Book Fair International Excellence Awards, recognise outstanding leadership and achievements in advancing the accessibility of digital publications for persons who are print disabled.
Two awards are presented each year, one to a publisher and one for a project initiative. Typefi was a finalist for the initiative award, alongside DAISY Forum of India, Dolphin Computer Access in the UK, and Fundação Dorina Nowill para Cegos in Brazil.
Since 2012, Global Accessibility Awareness Day has been held annually to raise awareness of the importance of making technology accessible to and usable by people with disabilities.
At Typefi, we believe that accessible publishing creates a better experience for all consumers, and we’re strongly committed to helping organisations produce accessible publications with minimal additional cost and effort. In fact, the World Report on Disability, published jointly by the World Health Organization and the World Bank, was composed and produced in accessible formats with Typefi.
Typefi was proud to sponsor the first ever XML for Standards Publishers symposium, hosted by the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) on Monday, 24 April 2017, at the Library of Congress in Washington DC.
Standards have traditionally been delivered as PDF documents. However, in a world where standards are increasingly monetised through derivative products, exchanged between partners, and consumed on mobile devices, PDF does not provide the flexibility needed to meet current and future market demands.
XML provides the key to solving all these issues and more!