[Athen] [Fwd: New Concept in Textbooks]

Ron Stewart ron at ahead.org
Tue Nov 17 08:37:02 PST 2009

Thanks for the clarification on this, guess I should have spent more time on
the site.

You are right on, an HTML based system would be great, Pearson is now
producing some HTML textbooks in the k-12 space unfortunately there is not
descriptive text on the images and no way to add it at this point. Though I
understand they are working on a possible solution.





From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
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Sent: Monday, November 16, 2009 3:27 PM
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Subject: Re: [Athen] [Fwd: New Concept in Textbooks]

The output I saw was HTML. I created an account and tried to create a couple
of "chapters" of a "book." Students get an online textbook, of sorts. It has
the ability to mark up and add notes to text, skip through chapters, etc.
Even though it is HTML, it is not very accessible.

There appears to be no keyboard-only navigation and the page markup is
geared primarily to visual users. The next-previous buttons are not tab
navigable, for instance. Neither are any of the drop down menus that give
you access to key functionality, such as bookmarking and noting.

With a screen reader I can hunt around and mostly figure out what things are
(so long as I don't rely on the tab key--what most web application users
would expect), but I can't access any of the necessary high-level fly-out
menus. This keeps me from being able to access a lot of core
functionality--just like with keyboard-only use.

Note: this is just a once over and I'm not even pretending to give a
complete analysis. I would say the system has promise (an all HTML book
system with basic not-taking ability) but the developers clearly did not
have accessibility in mind.

Ken Petri
Program Director
OSU Web Accessibility Center
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Columbus, Ohio 43210
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On Mon, Nov 16, 2009 at 1:12 PM, Ron Stewart <ron at ahead.org> wrote:

It appears to be PDF based so I would not hold my breath.

Ron Stewart

From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
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Sent: Monday, November 16, 2009 1:06 PM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: Re: [Athen] [Fwd: New Concept in Textbooks]

Hi Melanie,

I've not seen this, but electronic = access is definitely a misunderstanding
that I've been combating for some time now with faculty. Would definitely
be interested in hearing about this process and accessibility issues!


On Sat, Nov 14, 2009 at 8:28 AM, Melanie Thornton <mpthornton at ualr.edu>

Has anyone seen books produced using this process? I wrote to them and
asked about accessibility. It concerns me because professors may think
electronic equals accessible.


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New Concept in Textbooks


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