Standards and Guidelines Adopted for Benetech’s Global Certified Accessible™ certification program.
Benetech’s certification program is based on the following standards:
The evaluation also reviews extended image descriptions and MathML using industry best practice guidelines to ensure descriptions are done correctly and that math renders correctly. There are currently no published specifications on either extended image description guidelines or math.
Every conformant EPUB Publication must include the required [schema.org] accessibility metadata and the required Conformance Reporting metadata.
Accessibility Metadata (Required):
Conformance Reporting (Required):
To indicate that an EPUB Publication conforms to the accessibility requirements of the Accessibility 1.0 specification, it must include a conformsTo property as well as a certifiedBy property:
The following accessibility and certification metadata are optional and will be included in Benetech’s certification.
Accessibility Metadata (Optional):
Certification Metadata (Optional)
This optional certification metadata will also be included with links to our Certification Credential/Badge as well as a report on the accessibility of this publication:
ACE by DAISY, which will be available in late 2017, checks files for basic accessibility features covered in a baseline set of guidelines created by the International Digital Publishing Forum (IDPF) which pioneered the EPUB standard. These baseline guidelines are based on the EPUB Accessibility 1.0 Specification: Conformance and Discovery Requirements for EPUB Publications, published in January 2017.
This specification aligns with the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines(WCAG) level “A.” It does not demand conformance with the higher level WCAG “AA” and “AAA” accessibility guidelines.
While ACE by DAISY is designed to be largely an automated checking tool, certain accessibility features still require manual review, such as alt-text image descriptions. These must be checked manually to ensure they provide a description rather than a placeholder for a description (which simply states something such as “alt-text”) that would verify the alt-text has been coded into the file but would not verify that this text correctly describes the image and is meaningful.
ACE is an open-source tool that will be freely available. Customized versions may be created, however, at cost.