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RE: Some important insights for getting EPUB 3 adopted in higher education

From: White, Jason J <jjwhite@ets.org>
Date: Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:06:31 +0000
To: "deborah.kaplan@suberic.net" <deborah.kaplan@suberic.net>, AUDRAIN LUC <LAUDRAIN@hachette-livre.fr>
CC: Rachel Comerford <rachel.comerford@macmillan.com>, Avneesh Singh <avneesh.sg@gmail.com>, PubWG <public-publ-wg@w3.org>
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As a side question, in contexts where there is no parallel print edition (e.g., the work is entirely EPUB) are there emerging conventions for citing portions of the work below the chapter or section level?

One solution that I am familiar with is sometimes used in case law (where the court publishes an electronic version prior to the printing of a law report). They typically provide, and cite, paragraph numbers instead of page numbers. I suspect that this practice is fine so far as accessibility is concerned, although there might be grounds for having the ability to hide the paragraph numbers temporarily.

One can also use hyperlinks with fragment identifiers, but links are cumbersome as textual citations.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: deborah.kaplan@suberic.net <deborah.kaplan@suberic.net>
> Sent: Friday, March 16, 2018 10:15 AM
> To: AUDRAIN LUC <LAUDRAIN@hachette-livre.fr>
> Cc: Rachel Comerford <rachel.comerford@macmillan.com>; Avneesh Singh
> <avneesh.sg@gmail.com>; PubWG <public-publ-wg@w3.org>
> Subject: Re: Some important insights for getting EPUB 3 adopted in higher
> education
> Agreed completely with this absolute necessity for the ability to navigate by and
> discover the parallel print page numbers. Can we come up with some common
> terminology to talk about this? I've often found that I get confused in
> conversations about "pagination," because people  using the term from the
> more CSS/web-based/technical end of things mean "pagination" to mean
> "permitting a non-scrolling interface," whereas some people coming from the
> accessible publishing end of things mean this particular issue about print pages.
> Is there a sink term we can all agree upon, which is not just using the EPUB
> specification technical term, to mean "page numbers of the print rendition"?
> it's a twofold issue, as well: readers need to be able to navigate to what would
> be page 37 in the print rendition, but they also need to be able to say "I am on
> print page 37 right now."
> Deborah
> Avneesh and others said:
> > In order for a student with disability to have equal access in terms
> > of alternate media, they must be able to follow along with reading
> > assignments according to the same syllabus given to other students, and able
> to follow along with in-class discussions in which the instructor and other
> students are likely to refer to readings by the page numbers in the original book.
> An EPUB file or reading system that lacks navigation by original print page
> numbers does not allow for this active participation without a significant
> expense of extra effort on the part of the student with disability.


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