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Chapter 9. Guidebooks

Platforms and publishers committing to accessibility may find that their own organizations require a fair amount of education and support, especially as they may be required to take on the role of educating and supporting those who contribute content to them. Many information professionals, organizations, and consortia have come together to create practical guidebooks for the multiple players in accessibility in publishing. Guides on getting started, organizational change, and understanding obligations are now available for everyone interested in making a commitment to accessibility. The following resources, most of which are themselves highly accessible in every sense, are the best available.

Accessible Publishing Best Practice Guidelines for Publishers

(Hilderley, 2011)

These guidelines provide useful background on the meaning of accessible publications in the current landscape and practical, usable advice for publishers at all stages of implementation.

Quick Start Guide to Accessible Publishing

(Accessible Publishing Working Group, 2016)

This guide makes the case for the value of accessible publishing and offers guidance on the techniques for creating accessible digital content.

BC Open Textbook Accessibility Toolkit

(Coolidge, Doner, & Robertson, 2015)

This open access toolkit offers resources to support the creation of open and accessible textbooks.

Pearson Guidelines

(Pearson, 2017)

Industry guidelines with a focus on online learning publications and products, and internal interpretation of standards.

Inclusive Learning Design Handbook

(Inclusive Design Research Centre, n.d.)

Handbook designed to assist teachers, content creators, Web developers, and others in creating accessible, adaptable, and personalizable educational resources.

DIAGRAM Image Description Guidelines

(DIAGRAM Center & National Center for Accessible Media, 2014)

Guidelines for making images in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) educational publications accessible to all, with best practices for writing description, examples of description for different image types, and training materials.

Describing Visual Resources Toolkit: Describing Visual Resources for Accessibility in Arts and Humanities Publications

(Rosen, 2017a)

Toolkit designed to support authors, editors, publishers, and arts organizations in advancing the description of visual resources for accessibility in arts and humanities publications.

Accessible Publishing Knowledge Base

(DAISY Consortium, 2018)

Provides best practices for creating accessible digital publications. Its primary focus is on EPUB, but it can be used as a reference for any HTML-based format.

Accessible EPUB 3

(Garrish, 2012)

Practical guide with tips and examples to understand the EPUB 3 format and how to enrich and enhance content for all readers.