This tutorial will demonstrate practical solutions for producing content in formats that are friendly to a wide audience while still maintaining quality. Focusing on different models of “book” presentation, we’ll explore everything from eBook and audio book production to DAISY, SVG, and even VoiceML generation, demonstrating how all of these advances in publishing tie into XML accessibility.
We’ll be presenting this information in a dynamic learning session that will alternate between presentation and panel, and the tutorial will be organized as follows:
Norman Walsh is a Lead Engineer at MarkLogic Corporation where he works with the Application Services team. Norm is also an active participant in a number of standards efforts worldwide: he is chair of the XML Processing Model Working Group at the W3C where he is also co-chair of the XML Core Working Group. At OASIS, he is chair of the DocBook Technical Committee.
With more than a decade of industry experience, Norm is well known for his work on DocBook and a wide range of open source projects. He is the author of DocBook: The Definitive Guide.
Bill Kasdorf is General Editor of The Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing and Vice President of Apex Content Solutions, a leading supplier of consulting, data conversion, editorial, production, and content enhancement services to publishers and other organizations worldwide. Past President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), Bill has led seminars and spoken widely for publishing industry organizations such as SSP, O’Reilly TOC, NISO, BISG, IDPF, AAP, AAUP, ALPSP, STM, Seybold Seminars, and the Library of Congress. He currently serves on the IDPF Working Group updating the EPUB standard (and is coordinator of its Metadata Subgroup); the IDEAlliance working group developing the nextPub source format for magazines and other design- and feature-rich publications (chairing its nextPub-to-EPUB Mapping Committee); the NISO eBook SIG; and is Chair of the BISG Content Structure Committee.
From 1938 to 1993 I was part of the team that developed and brought the IBM product BookManager to the market. BookManagerbuilt an e-book using the GML usd to create IBM manuals and, using the GML tagging, created a navigable and searchable e-book.
From 1993 to now I am part of the team at the American Physical Society responsible for the strategy and technology to deliver, online, the journals of the American Physical Society, back to 1893.
Our challenge is to move this corpus of content from a print metaphor into an architecture and infrastructure made capable by the web
John Gardner is Professor Emeritus of Physics at Oregon State University and is founder and president of ViewPlus Technologies, Inc. He is internationally recognized as a leading expert on the physics of defects in materials. He has won a number of scientific awards including the Humboldt Prize awarded by the German Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and awards for his accessibility contributions including the Distinguished Service Award bestowed by Oregon State University for Exceptional Contributions to Society, and the Oregon Governor’s Award in recognition of outstanding achievements in improving access to education and employment through technology. His physics research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Office of Naval Research, the Department of Defense, NASA, and several private corporations and foundations.
After losing his sight in 1988 in mid-career, John Gardner formed the Science Access Project (http://dots.physics.orst.edu) to do research and development on new technologies for access to complex information by people with print disabilities. ViewPlus Technologies (http://www.ViewPlus.com ) is a spin-off company formed to commercialize the Tiger tactile graphics embosser technology and other technologies developed in the Science Access Project. It has grown to become a major access technology company with worldwide sales of millions of dollars per year. ViewPlus has been able to maintain a high level of product research and development because of numerous Small Business Innovation Research grants from the US National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation.
John Gardner has presented hundreds of seminars, colloquia, workshops, contributed and invited conference talks on physics and on information access by people with disabilities throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. He is considered a leading expert on access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) information.
Marisa DeMeglio has 8 years of experience writing computer software related to accessibility and multimedia. She is the project lead and developer for the AMIS Project, a DAISY talking book player for print-disabled users. She has also traveled throughout Europe and Asia giving workshops and presentations on the DAISY For All Project. She has participated in the W3C SMIL working group and the DAISY/NISO advisory committee. Marisa has her B.S. in Computer Science from Penn State University.
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