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What is accessible publishing?

The goal of accessible publishing is to facilitate readers of all abilities to access the same content with equal ease and without problematic boundaries. This can only be fully realised by small and big decisions at every stage of the publishing process, from the spark of an idea to the end consumer of a work. PAAG aims to help everyone concerned to know where these decisions need to be made, and to think about best practices and what fits for a given organisation.

Producing truly accessible content brings a myriad of benefits to both publishers and consumers, as discussed in our page on making a business case. Accessible content leverages the inherent, unique advantages of digital formats, including semantics, navigation and enriched and discoverable metadata, to create publications which are not only accessible but also future-proof and transformable, opening up better access for new customers, now and in the future.

Accessibility is a core part of inclusivity, ensuring that everyone can access information and be a part of the cultural discussion. You can learn more about this concept at where the broader concepts as well as practical implications are discussed.