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PAAG charter for accessible publishing

The growing availability of ebooks and other digital publications provides an unprecedented opportunity for persons with print disabilities to enjoy access to mainstream content at the same time, in the same format and at the same price as other readers. UK publishers and authors are eager to explore and develop the advantages that ebooks offer and in so doing reach more readers. Ensuring that ebooks are fully accessible, however, will only happen if publishers, authors, developers, platforms and other stakeholders focus on this issue at a practical level.

Our objective is to make our content accessible to all and to aid others in this endeavour.

With this in mind, we, the signatories to this Charter, hereby commit to:

  1. raising awareness among, and providing training for, relevant staff. How?1Make your accessibility policy easy to find, and provide contact information for unanswered questions and feedback. For third-party validation of your accessibility statement and further guidance consider the ASPIRE accessibility statement accreditation service.
  2. nominating a company “accessibility champion” who can bring together key stakeholders to discuss potential accessibility improvements and act as a liaison for all accessibility information.
  3. publishing our accessibility policy on our website, including our commitment to this Charter. How?2A good place to start is the PAAG resources and guidance page
  4. designating and publicising a point of contact in our organisation to assist persons with disabilities to access alternate formats of our content. Accessibility in the Publishing Workflow.
  5. partnering with national and international organisations that provide support for the availability of publications in accessible formats. Accessibility organizations + advocates.
  6. incorporating appropriate accessibility features within our digital publications and platforms, according to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and other appropriate accessibility standards. How?3 Best practice guides by formats (EPUB, PDF, web)
  7. advocating for accessibility standards and collaboration throughout the publishing supply chain from author to reader.
  8. utilising the accessibility metadata opportunities available to aid with the discovery of accessible content.
  9. testing and validating content to ensure it is usable by people with print disabilities. Ideally this would include testing by persons with lived experience. 
  10. monitoring our progress in this area and regularly assessing the accessibility of our digital publications and platforms.

If you wish to become a signatory to the Charter for Accessible Publishing, please complete this declaration