Pressbooks Guide: Accessibility

The first step to setting up a book is to consider how it will be made accessible, i.e. designing and setting it up in Pressbooks in such a way that as many readers as possible can enjoy and learn from it. See below for a list of specific elements to consider and how each can be addressed.

Post by Josie Gray, Coordinator of Collection Quality, Open Education

The Accessibility Toolkit – 2nd Edition provides a comprehensive guide to creating accessible content in Pressbooks.

Use Pressbooks to Increase Accessibility
Element Challenge Solution
Colour Physical: low vision, poor colour-contrast vision, colour blindness

Technological: a device with a monochrome display or a black-and-white print copy

Colour Contrast
Images Physical: blind or low vision, colour blindness, cognitive disability

Technological: black and white printer, poor Internet connection, monochrome display on a device

Links cognitive or physical disability, deaf or hard of hearing, blind or low vision Links
Math and Formulas cognitive or physical disability, blind or low vision Formulas
Multimedia Physical: cognitive disability, deaf or hard of hearing, blind or low vision

Environmental: loud, difficult to hear or play media, lack of headphones

Language: non-native English speaker

Tables cognitive disability, blind or low vision Tables

Use the Checklist for Accessibility to ensure that standard barriers are addressed for maximum access by as many readers as possible.

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