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Tuesday, March 24 • 9:55am - 10:40am
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 QA Analyst, Rakuten Kobo
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 →
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Marisa DeMeglio

Software Developer, DAISY Consortium
Marisa DeMeglio is a software developer for the DAISY Consortium. She has spent the past two decades working in the field of accessibility and ebooks, with projects ranging from alternate interface design and desktop reading software, to production chain format converters, to systems... Read More →


Tuesday March 24, 2020 9:55am - 10:40am EDT
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