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RE: New fundamental test book and covers

From: George Kerscher <kerscher@montana.com>
Date: Thu, 6 Dec 2018 12:27:51 -0700
To: "'Siegman, Tzviya'" <tsiegman@wiley.com>, "'W3C EPUB 3 Community Group'" <public-epub3@w3.org>
Message-ID: <002a01d48d99$c774cba0$565e62e0$@montana.com>
I think that most RS use the metadata to present the title in their
bookshelf. Because there is no alt text in our metadata to present , we are
suggesting that the cover be the first item in the book content. Here,
because it is HTML, we have the alt attribute available to present the
essential information about the cover.
I think it is as simple as that. If there is another way, it would be good
to know.
From: Siegman, Tzviya <tsiegman@wiley.com> 
Sent: Thursday, December 6, 2018 11:22 AM
To: George Kerscher <kerscher@montana.com>; W3C EPUB 3 Community Group
Subject: RE: New fundamental test book and covers
Hi George,
I think I might not be fully understanding what you're proposing. It seems
to me that there are two possible solutions to users being unable to access
author and title information from the bookshelf view. The first is to call
upon the Reading Systems to expose the existing metadata to all users. The
second is to establish best practices for authoring image descriptions for
cover images to include the author and title and call upon reading systems
to expose that users. 
I am not sure that I understood what you meant about including the
information in the first page of the book. How would a user be able to
access the information from the bookshelf? Would you mind explaining the
process that you are envisioning a bit more?
Tzviya Siegman
Information Standards Lead
 <mailto:tsiegman@wiley.com> tsiegman@wiley.com 
From: George Kerscher <kerscher@montana.com <mailto:kerscher@montana.com> > 
Sent: Thursday, December 6, 2018 12:01 PM
To: W3C EPUB 3 Community Group <public-epub3@w3.org
<mailto:public-epub3@w3.org> >
Subject: New fundamental test book and covers
With EPUB 3, the metadata for a cover includes an image title and author. A
blind person would not be able to get information about the cover in the
Reading Systems bookshelf.
In our fundamental test book, we have included as the first page information
about the cover image.
I have attached it here, and it is in the draft version of this title at:
We  are fairly confident that any Reading System would not have a problem
with this approach. 
Is this something to consider as a best practice?
George Kerscher Ph.D.
-In our Information Age, access to information is a fundamental human right.
Chief Innovations Officer, DAISY Consortium
Senior Advisor, Global Literacy, Benetech
President, International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) 
Member of the National Museum and Library Services  Board (IMLS)
Chair Steering Council Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), a division of the
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Email: kerscher@montana.com <mailto:kerscher@montana.com> 
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