Computers and Composition Digital Press is committed to doing everything we can to make our website and ebooks broadly accessible across a wide range of communicative modalities (visual, aural, alphabetic) and technologies (screen readers, mobile platforms).
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).
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, a process that needs to be undertaken from the inception of designing projects.
Authors who publish with the Press should consider the accessibility guidelines and best practices listed below as they design their projects. We also urge authors to consult the resources and best practices offered in Eyman et al’s “Access/ibility: Access and Usability for Digital Publishing” as they build their ebooks.
If you have difficulty accessing the CCDP site, please contact the Press Editors.