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Evolution of Publishing Semantics

Think you’ve finally got your bearings in the shifting world of publishing semantics? Well, get ready for another change. One of the things I’ve been working on over the last year is to help develop a specification that will bring many of the semantics defined in the EPUB Structural Semantics Vocabulary more directly into the HTML/accessibility world via integration with the ARIA role attribute.

A first draft of what is now called the Digital Publishing WAI-ARIA Module is available for review — but it’s still too early for use, so don’t rush out to use it after reading. What is being sought at this time is feedback, so I’m going to give a little rundown of it and its development for this post for anyone not familiar with its development.Continue Reading Evolution of Publishing Semantics

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DAISY to EPUB Migration

It’s the oft asked question: if EPUB is the future of accessible digital reading, when should I migrate?

The easy part is asking the question, the hard part is giving a meaningful answer. I know I don’t have a perfect one to offer up, as a lot of what is most impressive about EPUB is still not implemented at this point. But there are other reasons that make the transition a challenge beyond feature support in reading systems.
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