Elsevier first to sign Charter for Accessible Publishing
July 3, 2014
The Accessible Books Consortium is delighted to announce that Elsevier is the first publisher to sign the Charter for Accessible Publishing, sponsored by the Accessible Books Consortium (ABC). As a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, this signals Elsevier’s commitment to making its products fully accessible to all users.
“ Elsevier is proud to become the first signatory of the new Charter for Accessible Publishing and applauds the leadership shown by the International Publishers Association and others in the Accessible Books Consortium through its development,” said Alicia Wise, Director of Access and Policy. “At Elsevier we endeavor to make our products fully accessible to all users, regardless of physical abilities. That commitment reflects our focus on customers, innovation and partnership with the science and health communities we serve.”
Elsevier had also announced in April 2014 that it is moving its new ebooks to the EPUB3 format, thereby committing to the latest, most advanced eBook format available. By moving to EPUB3, as well as being able to take advantage of the format’s ability to provide multi-media and interactive experiences within eBooks, the reader will be able to utilise EPUB3’s enhanced accessibility features.
The Accessible Books Consortium looks forward to other major publishers following Elsevier’s example and becoming signatories to the ABC sponsored Charter for Accessible Publishing.