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Re: Best citation format for accessibility

From: Bill McCoy <bmccoy@idpf.org>
Date: Tue, 22 Sep 2015 08:02:29 -0700
Message-ID: <CADMjS0Ycps4Qf7ov761aDCe5Lv0deLsg88gpAcJRLVZRv+CR-A@mail.gmail.com>
To: Robin Berjon <robin@berjon.com>
Cc: W3C Digital Publishing IG <public-digipub-ig@w3.org>
The EDUPUB profile of EPUB 3 defines a number of semantic superstructures,
many are adapted from the DocBook XML schema including "biblioentry".
http://www.idpf.org/epub/profiles/edu/structure/ .

Whether the mapping of DocBook semantics to HTML5 via the EDUPUB profile is
the "best" approach for citations is surely debatable but I believe it will
support the semantic-based content reformatting you posit and as such will
be good for a11y (which has been a primary concern in the EDUPUB


On Tue, Sep 22, 2015 at 7:41 AM, Robin Berjon <robin@berjon.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> citations in scholarly publishing have a long history of at-time
> acrimonious disagreement over the exact format one should set them in.
> There can be long arguments about the how and why of some specific
> detail, but these are all about visual presentation. I have yet to hear
> someone discuss the best format to use for the *content*, when in
> digital form, such that it is most accessible.
> By applying some technology, we can reformat a citation for visual
> rendering. We can even make citation formatting follow readers'
> preferences rather than publishers'. But when doing so the HTML-level
> encoding of the citations should be optimised for semantic, non-visual
> access.
> So my question is: has anyone given thought to what the best order of
> content and best markup practices would be for optimally accessible
> citations?
> Thanks!
> --
> Robin Berjon - http://berjon.com/ - @robinberjon


Bill McCoy
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International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF)
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