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In this course, author and educator Chris Mattia demonstrates how to use the Apple iBooks Author application to create and publish your own ebook, without extensive design or publishing experience.
Follow along with Chris as he assembles, refines, and publishes a dynamic and engaging ebook for distribution on the iPad using the iBooks app. The course demonstrates the process of adding all of the components of a dynamic ebook, including engaging text, images, audio, video, 3D models, and dynamic web content. It also shows how to customize the iBooks Author interface and leverage built-in templates to produce a beautifully designed and polished ebook. The course wraps up with a review of the iBookstore publishing process.
I'd like to take a minute and go back and have a little bit deeper look at the accessibility description of our figures. Go ahead and click one time on Figure 1, the California Condors, that we've finished up in the last movie. In the Widget Inspector, under Accessibility Description, Figure 1 California Condors was automatically filled in for us because it came directly from the title. But a screen reader is going to be able to read the figure number, the title of the figure, and any of the comments that are associated with that figure.
What a user who needs to use a screen reader is going to want to know is, what is the image actually of? Well, we need to describe that. So, instead of having Figure 1 California Condors in the Accessibility Description, I'm going to go ahead and select that and delete it and instead type in "Photograph of Three California Condors on the side of a hill overlooking Big Sur." Now that is a much better description as to what a user will be seeing in the photograph.
Likewise, let's go ahead and click one time on our California Condor callout and in the Accessibility Description there, go ahead and type in the description as to what you're seeing in the image. Now that's a much better description as to what the user is actually seeing in that image. The text is still going to be read by the screen reader, so the user using a screen reader would still get all of the rest of the content, but now they know what the image is as well. Be sure to make your books accessible by adding accessibility descriptions to all of your objects that are used throughout your books.
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