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eBooks, accessibility and the catalysts for culture change

eBooks, accessibility and the catalysts for culture change
eBooks, accessibility and the catalysts for culture change
The evolution of any product is usually in response to perceived benefits; either for the workflow, cost-benefit or for the end users. The development of accessible digital print resources at source of publication is uniquely advantageous in many ways. A system with improved accessibility for humans also enables content to be machine read[1]. Although the global publishing and digital distribution industries have not uniformly embraced accessibility, the United Kingdom (UK) has been able to make significant positive progress. The UK has not embraced a specific disability ebook format and distribution system; instead, through a model of cross-industry stakeholder engagement, a cultural shift has begun to embed accessibility at source within the publishing industry. The authors maintain that the cultural change witnessed is not a coincidence and has its roots in a particular set of catalysts being initiated by stakeholders resulting in a model that could be replicated
978-3-319-08598-2
0302-9743
543-550
Springer International Publishing
Draffan, E.A.
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McNaught, A.
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James, A.
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Draffan, E.A.
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McNaught, A.
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James, A.
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Draffan, E.A., McNaught, A. and James, A. (2014) eBooks, accessibility and the catalysts for culture change. In Computers Helping People with Special Needs. vol. 8548, Springer International Publishing. 7 pp, pp. 543-550.

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Abstract

The evolution of any product is usually in response to perceived benefits; either for the workflow, cost-benefit or for the end users. The development of accessible digital print resources at source of publication is uniquely advantageous in many ways. A system with improved accessibility for humans also enables content to be machine read[1]. Although the global publishing and digital distribution industries have not uniformly embraced accessibility, the United Kingdom (UK) has been able to make significant positive progress. The UK has not embraced a specific disability ebook format and distribution system; instead, through a model of cross-industry stakeholder engagement, a cultural shift has begun to embed accessibility at source within the publishing industry. The authors maintain that the cultural change witnessed is not a coincidence and has its roots in a particular set of catalysts being initiated by stakeholders resulting in a model that could be replicated

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Published date: 9 July 2014
Venue - Dates: 14th International Conference, ICCHP 2014, France, 2014-07-09 - 2014-07-11
Organisations: Web & Internet Science

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Local EPrints ID: 367367
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/367367
ISBN: 978-3-319-08598-2
ISSN: 0302-9743
PURE UUID: 1c6a7a39-6fc2-43cd-89c5-07d1d2c58041

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Date deposited: 22 Aug 2014 14:11
Last modified: 01 Aug 2017 00:04

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Author: E.A. Draffan
Author: A. McNaught
Author: A. James

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