CCDigital Press is committed to doing everything we can to make our website and ebooks broadly accessible for users of diverse technologies (e.g., screen readers, mobile devices) as well as for users who have a wide range of abilities and preferences for accessing communicative modalities (visual, aural, alphabetic).
The CCDP endorses the spirit of the Accessible Books Initiative, which urges authors and editors to position accessibility as a primary concern and precondition of publishing. In particular, the CCDP follows the WCAG/Section 508 guidelines for web-native, multimodal media (as an alternative to the EPUB 3.0 specs recommended by the Accessible Books Initiative).
CCDP and Accessibility
As a first step towards meeting this goal, we look for guidance to the best practices and standards defined by Section 508 of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) of the World Wide Web Consortium Web Accessibility Initiative (W3C WAI).
Ultimately, we hope to broaden our understanding of accessibility and our accessibility practices in ways that extend beyond these standards, although we recognize them as important guides for our initial efforts. We recognize the development and maintenance of accessibility as an ongoing process, and we will continue to work on the following aspects of the site:
- Providing alt tags and text titles for all content images.
- Providing captioning, audio description, and/or text-based equivalents for multimedia content.
- Supporting browser settings for enlarging text and applying user style sheets through a unique CSS signature.
- Enabling keyboard navigation of web pages.
- Encouraging authors to design their projects with the above goals in mind and pointing them toward resources that will help them do so.
If you have difficulty accessing the CCDP site, please Contact the Press Editors.
eBooks and Accessibility
Authors who publish with the Press should consider the accessibility guidelines and best practices listed above as they design their projects. Authors will be asked to provide alternate formats for readers who request them.