IPEd Conference 2021: Editing on the Edges

Accessibility in mind

What editors need to know about creating accessible content

This workshop aims to demystify inclusive publishing, and show why editing for accessibility should become part of everyday editorial practice rather than remaining on the edges of publishing. It will provide participants with an understanding of the issues surrounding the creation of accessible content, including what accessibility is and why it is important. It will introduce editors to the knowledge, best practice framework and tools needed to create accessible reading materials.

At the workshop, you will gain an understanding of:

  • the range of barriers to reading that readers with a print disability can encounter, with practical demonstrations
  • the benefits of inclusive publishing for both readers and publishers
  • the role of editors in creating accessible reading materials
  • best practice in editing, including how to create appropriate image descriptions (alt text)
  • the technical aspects of different publishing formats, and how to test the finished work for accessibility.

Dr Agata Mrva-Montoya is Publishing Manager at Sydney University Press (SUP) and Honorary Associate in the Department of Media and Communications, University of Sydney. She is a member of IPEd's Accessibility Initiative Working Party and participant of the Australian Inclusive Publishing Initiative. She led the implementation of accessible publishing practices at SUP. She has published on the impact of digital technologies and new business models on scholarly communication and the book publishing industry in general.

Two reports from her research project investigating accessible publishing in Australia can be downloaded from the University of Sydney.

Agata Mrva-Montoya
Julie Ganner

Julie Ganner AE is a freelance editor with over 30 years’ experience in the publishing industry. She chairs IPEd’s Accessibility Initiative Working Party (AIWP) and is IPEd’s representative to the Australian Inclusive Publishing Initiative (AIPI), a cross-industry forum on print accessibility. Julie is co-author of Inclusive publishing in Australia: an introductory guide, published in 2019 and available for free download from the AIPI website.

Online, 28 to 30 June 2021
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