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Versioning History

This page provides a record of edits and changes made to this book since its initial publication in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection. Whenever edits or updates are made, we make the required changes in the text and provide a record and description of those changes here. If the change is minor, the version number increases by 0.1. However, if the edits involve substantial updates, the version number goes up to the next full number. The files on our website always reflect the most recent version.

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Here is the style sheet used for this book: Accessibility Toolkit Style Sheet [Word file]

Version Date Change Details
1.1 February 2015 Toolkit published in the B.C. Open Textbook Collection.
1.2 September 19, 2017 Added a link to the Appendix: Checklist for Accessibility Toolkit page. Added a link to information describing the accessibility standards for all OpenStax books.
2.1 June 11, 2018 Correcting errors and updating content. Book-wide changes:

  • Updated screenshots of the Pressbooks editor to reflect updates
  • Changed mentions of “B.C. Open Textbook Project” to BCcampus Open Education”
  • Changed mentions of “British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education” to “British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training”
  • Edited heading levels so they all conform to the guidelines outlined in the “Organizing Content” chapter
  • Moved image attributions from captions to the end of each chapter
  • Replaced links to the Authoring Guide with links to the Self-Publishing Guide

Chapter: Organizing Content

  • The word “liner” changed to “linear”

Chapter: Links (renamed from ‘Weblinks’)

  • Switched the order of the Links and Tables chapters
  • Expanded the definition of what links include
  • “disability” was misspelled once under the “Who Are You Doing This For” heading
  • Replaced a link to the Authoring Guide with a link to the Pressbooks Guide

Chapter: Images

  • Added a “Quick Links” section to facilitate chapter navigation

Chapter: Multimedia

  • Put examples in textboxes

Chapter: Formulas

  • Put examples in textboxes

New addition – Back matter: Appendix: List of Links by Chapter for Print Users

New addition – Back matter: Bibliography

2.1  June 11, 2018 Toolkit updated to include information on how to meet web accessibility guidelines when authoring books in Pressbooks. New addition – Front Matter: Accessibility Statement

Chapter: Organizing Content

  • Broke up the “What Do You Need to Do?” section and added a “Why Is This Important” heading

Chapter: Images

  • Added “Are using a print copy that is in black and white” and “Have limited Internet access and cannot download images” to the list under the “Who Are You Doing This For?” heading
  • Reworked and added content under the “What Do You Need to Do?” heading
    • added detailed information on alt tags, in-text descriptions, long descriptions
    • replaced the Rio de Janeiro image and Two-Atom, Double Flask Diagram image examples with the Wong-Baker Faces Pain Scale example.
    • added additional information under the “Decorative Images” section to account for screen readers
    • reorganized and edited content under the “Using Colour” heading for increased clarity and detail

Chapter: Links

  • Changed “Descriptions” heading to “Create Descriptive Link Text”
    • added information about how screen readers interact with links
  • Added additional information explaining why some link texts are better than others
  • Added information about linking to non-HTML content
  • Added information about how to edit whether a link will open in a new window with Pressbooks
  • Added a recommendation to include the web addresses elsewhere for print users

Chapter: Tables

  • Added a definition for “layout tables” under the “What Are Tables” heading
  • Added an example textbox
    • changed “title” to “caption”
    • added information about how a screen reader presents a table
  • Added description of how to mark cells and rows as headers using both the Pressbooks Visual editor and the Text editor
  • Added a description of how to make an accessible table caption using <caption> tags in the Pressbooks text editor
  • Added a description of how to give users an option to skip past large data tables

Chapter: Colour Contrast

  • Added contrast requirements for large-scale text, incidental text, and logo types

New addition – Chapter: Write an Accessibility Statement

2.2 July 3, 2018 Updating content to reflect a Pressbooks update. Changed information on how to create a table caption in the Tables chapter to reflect the Pressbooks 5.3.3 update.
2.3 August 3, 2018 Updated the Accessibility Checklist. Added the following point under the Tables heading: “Row and column headers have the correct scope assigned.”



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