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Satellite Conference IFLA’s WLIC 2014

eBooks for everyone!
An opportunity for more inclusive libraries

22-23 August 2014
UPMC, Paris
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How to produce and read accessible iBooks [EN]

Jeroen Baldewijns (Belgium)
Blindenzorg Licht en Liefde

Bart Simons (Belgium)

Speaker's information


Jeroen Baldewijns has worked in the field of assistive technologies since 1990, researching and promoting the added value of ICT and the digital world for people with disabilities. Helping people to find the best tools to overcome the accessibility barriers they face is an important part of his work. Together with his team he tests and compares new assistive technologies, stimulates companies to follow the design for all principles when developing products and motivates people with disabilities to get the most out of modern technologies such as smartphones and the internet.

Bart Simons

Bart Simons works for the AnySurfer project which aims to make the digital world more accessible for people with disabilities. Being blind himself, he is convinced that ICT and the internet offer solutions to overcome many accessibility barriers that were unsurmountable before digitisation. For this to happen, developers need to be made aware of their important role in making websites, smartphone apps and other digital interfaces accessible and thus inclusive for everyone. The same is true for authors of digital content. Bart trains developers, along with content authors, on how to make their work accessible for everyone. With guest lectures in high schools, his team reaches more than 1000 students every year.



iBooks is one possible file format for publishing accessible ebooks. In this presentation we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of publishing content in this file format. The main objective of this presentation is to illustrate what authors should do in order to make their iBook format books accessible to all readers. The advice is based on the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). It is part of the so-called ADOD documentation. The ADOD acronym stands for Accessible Digital Office Documents and is an international project to instruct document authors of all kinds of formats how to make their content accessible. It is a very practical guide to applying the W3C guidelines, documented with screenshots and shortcut keys. Finally we will demonstrate how to read iBooks.

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