[A11y] Accessibility in Open Textbooks


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    @katya.pereyaslavska Thanks Katya, we’d love to have you join us! I’ll be reaching out to arrange a call for next week, so that will be a good chance for you to meet the rest of the group and get caught up. Details to come in the next day or so.


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    Hi everyone! Sorry for the delay in regrouping for our next meeting, we’ve had a lot going on in the Rebus world.

    We’re all set to move forward here though, so if possible we’d like to have another meeting next week. Please let us know your availability with this Doodle poll (Note: times are in EST)

    Our plan is to have everyone read the completed reviews (you can find them here - let me know if you don’t have access), and in the meeting we will discuss areas of agreement, disagreement, different approaches and any questions. A huge thanks again to @michelle-reed, @greeark, @jmitchell and @josie-g for their work reviewing our guinea pig book.

    We’ll then start moving towards recommendations on tools and resources that we can start integrating into the Rebus process.

    I think @enambo might just be finishing his review, and @katya-pereyaslavska and @ro-mckernan, reading through the reviews should get you caught up, and we will recap in the meeting as well.

    Let me know if you have any questions! Thanks :)



  • I will be out of town most of the week next week and won’t be able to join you at any of the proposed times. My apologies. Michelle


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    Hi all – we haven’t had much of a response to the Doodle poll yet to set a time for our next meeting, so I’m upping it again. Please let us know your availability if you haven’t already!

    I will add that if it’s too short notice for this week, we could also look at next Tuesday around 1:30 EST. If that would suit you better, let me know here (can’t edit the poll unfortunately).

    Thanks!



  • @zoe I can only meet for the first 30 mins on Tues, the 23rd. I’m also getting ready to be out of town for a period of time as my sister is getting married (road trip to Lethbridge!). Don’t worry about finding a time that will work for me :)


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    Hi again, everyone. We don’t seem to have had much luck getting everyone in a metaphorical room this week or next, so we’re going to try a different tack and start our next step asynchronously.

    The plan is to work on shared doc to draw out the key points from the different reviews, highlight any areas of concern or things that need clarification and start working towards some clear recommendations & next steps. I’ll take a first go at this document to provide some structure, then share it with you all here next week.

    Thanks to those who had gotten back to me about meeting, we appreciate it and are sorry it didn’t pan out!


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    Hi all! It was great to see many of you on Monday in our Office Hours call. As I mentioned, work on an overview doc is still in progress – our textbook projects have been picking up so I’m juggling priorities, but it is underway! There are already some good threads appearing, so I’m looking forward to your thoughts on how we should act on them.

    I’ll also say that we had a great response to the call from some of the project leads we’re working with at the moment. One immediately added a section on accessibility to their author guide and another is hitting pause on sending the first chapters to reviewers so she can go back and rework the content with accessibility top of mind.

    In this second case, we have a bit of a question. The book is on writing literature reviews for education and nursing students, and the author (cc: @lindafrederiksen326) has been using colour to differentiate between examples for each of the two subjects. The colour isn’t the only thing communicating the information, but it is still a clear guide for the reader.

    E.g.:
    It may be easier to start with “what” and “why” questions and expand on those. For example, [in blue: what is current research on obesity and why is it significant to nursing and health sciences]? Or, [in green: what is media literacy and why is it significant to education sciences]?

    In your expert opinions:
    a) should we be implementing a non-colour based system to differentiate between the education and nursing content?
    And b) what could/should that system be?

    Really appreciate your help on this!



  • @zoe I think your and the author’s instincts are right on – colour alone shouldn’t be used to convey difference in text. You can also apply styling differences to indicate the different types of content (ques vs answers) and you can indicate explicitly what is what (QUESTION: vs ANSWER:). In general I think it’s a good idea to figure out multiple ways (modes) of doing some one thing and using them all in a way that doesn’t overly complicate the content for the reader, but still conveys differences for different readers.


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    @jmitchell Thanks Jess, really appreciate it! Glad to hear we’re on the right track. We’ll put some thought into other ways to manage this :slight_smile:



  • Hi friends! Has this work been on pause for a bit? Are there plans to connect anytime soon? Not that I’m keeping plenty busy (learning to make Thai Braille which is fascinating).


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    Hi @greeark! Good to hear from you. I have to apologise, I have been the blocker on this. I hit a bit of a wall with the overview document and have been busily preparing the release of a few of our books for this coming semester, but I’m planning to get back to it this week, and will post the progress so far soon and invite suggestions for the recommendations section. I feel terrible for the delay after all your hard work, but we’re still committed to moving forward on this!



  • @zoe Okay! No rush on my part - I respect busy schedules :]


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