Alternative text, or alt text, is different from including a caption for an image in your book; it is a clear description of what is taking place in the image so that readers who use voice-to-text software can understand its context. Used commonly on websites, alt text can be easily built into your InDesign document for all of your images before you convert your book into an EPUB—and here is how to write it.
Inclusive publishing, or making print books more accessible for readers with disabilities, is becoming easier with the development of ereaders, smartphones, and even braille displays for ebooks. When it comes to producing ebooks at Ooligan, we should be making sure our designs are accessible and following industry guidelines so that we can bring our books to as many readers as possible. So how can we accomplish this?
A reflowable ebook layout provides the flexibility necessary to display properly on the widest variety of ereaders. The problem with reflowable layouts, though, is the proper display. Readers can customize font, size, and alignment of the text in an ebook. Traditional mandates of book design must be altered or ignored for ebook design.
Let me tell you a story of an impactful and highly controversial vote that took place in early November 2016. I am talking, of course, of IDPF’s decision to merge with W3C. Oh, you didn’t hear about that one? I’ll elaborate.
When most people think of ebooks, they imagine the ephemeral thing they download from Amazon for their Kindle, or from the Apple Store for their iPad. But what actually goes into making an ebook? What are its components? Could you make one if you wanted to? Basically, an EPUB (the free and open standard developed […]