Robert Browder, Digital Publishing Specialist at Virginia Tech Publishing, described a workflow his unit uses to evaluate accessibility of submissions to Pressbooks. Browder explained a typical scenario: Students in an undergraduate seminar each write papers for a capstone project. They submit these papers in Pressbooks, which provides an easy interface for editing and arranging submissions.
Once the capstone project has been completed, Browder exports an EPUB copy of the full ebook. Browder noted that this step makes sense because Virginia Tech has increasingly turned its focus to disseminating EPUBs, a document type that often plays well with screen readers. As a result, at this point in the publication process, Browder runs an accessibility check on the EPUB using the Ace by DAISY App.
Once Ace has been launched, the application generates an accessibility report that spells out overall violations, metadata issues, structuring problems, and image attributes. The following image shows details from an accessibility report generated for the Foundations of Hip-Hop Encyclopedia.
After running this report, Browder and his team make appropriate changes to the Pressbooks instance—sometimes after consulting with the student or faculty creators. Browder noted that this workflow works especially well in a distributed team environment that may include faculty, staff, and students.