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Pressbooks

This guide is a living document to support faculty and staff working with the PressbooksEDU platform.

Accessibility

Accessibility Guidelines

Pressbooks Webooks are designed to be as accessible as possible, but following basic guidelines can help ensure your book is accessible for as many students and readers as possible.

  • Use the format tools in the Editor to distinguish headings and subheadings. Use headings in order from H1 (highest rank, used for chapter titles) to H6 (lowest rank). Avoid skipping over ranks. This helps screen readers distinguish how information should be presented.
  • Use alternative (alt) text for your images. If an image is purely decorative, check that option in the image's metadata page.
  • When using links to other web content or downloadable files, include descriptive link text for the link. The link text should describe the content of the link, such as “the ERAU Pressbooks Guide" rather than "click here."
  • Carefully use color in images and figures, and for shaded text. High contrast helps readers with limited vision.
  • Use tags, descriptions, and captions for tables and multimedia as much as possible.

Guidelines for Other Formats and Plugins

  • There are two PDF export options, and providing both for readers is recommended.
    • PDF exports for digital distribution are designed to be read on a screen and with assistive software.
    • PDF exports for print lack these features, but are best for students who need access to the materials without stable internet connections.
  • Ebook accessibility varies based on the ebook reader used. Following the webbook guidelines above can help maximize accessibility.
  • Not all H5P content types are fully accessible. Sometimes this is due to the nature of an activity which doesn't allow for captions or non-visual options. If interactive elements are required for coursework or to understand content, be thoughtful about what content type is used.

Accessibility Support at ERAU

Embry-Riddle had its own standards for accessibility, available at the Web Accessibility page in Ernie. This page includes additional information on web accessibility, the university web accessibility policy, and a list of Resources and Tools to help you create accessible content.

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