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Tuesday, March 24 • TBA
Presenting the most enjoyable audiobook in the world

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Audiobooks have been considered “accessible by default” for the length of their existence, but the reality is that audiobooks aren’t fully usable by everyone in their current state. In this presentation, we’ll demonstrate the possibilities of audiobook accessibility through a series of demos. 
We will also be explaining the formats and technology behind these demos, including the upcoming Audiobooks specification and Synchronized Media for Publications work. The four demos will show how progressive enhancement can be made possible with these formats, from basic audiobook playback to an audiobook with synchronized HTML text highlighting, and accompanying sign language video. 
Attendees will learn about the possibilities for accessible audiobooks using open web platform specifications and open-source technologies.

Speakers
avatar for Wendy Reid

Wendy Reid

Senior Quality Analyst, Rakuten Kobo Inc.
Wendy Reid is a Senior QA at Rakuten Kobo, where she works with kobo's mobile apps and device teams to improve reading experiences, promote accessibility, and raise quality. At her other day job she is one of the chairs of the Publishing Working Group at the W3C, and editor of the... Read More →
avatar for Marisa DeMeglio

Marisa DeMeglio

Software developer, DAISY Consortium
Marisa DeMeglio is a software developer for the DAISY Consortium. Her background is in Computer Science and she has been working in the field of accessibility and ebooks for the past 18 years. She leads the epubtest.org website development, is a core member of the Ace by DAISY project, and participates in the W3C Web Publications working group, particularly in regards to accessible synchronized media. Outside of work, she volunteers with Rock n' Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles as an instructor and member of their Executiv... Read More →


Tuesday March 24, 2020 TBA
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