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W. W. Norton Speaks on Accessibility



Accessibility has become an important goal when it comes to equal opportunity in content delivery, and it is now governed by federal and international regulations. Amnet is a champion of digital equality, and we are able to provide expertise, implementation, scalability, and compliance with accessibility regulations, and all within your budget.

Being at the forefront of publishing services for 18 years, Amnet has had conversations with many leading publishers and accessibility experts to understand their views, plans, and milestones.

As part of this exercise, Frances Daniele, Amnet’s Director of Accessibility, spoke to Matt Vitale and Evan Yamanishi of well-known and highly regarded publisher W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

Evan Yamanishi is the Co-Director of the Norton Lab and Accessibility Lead at Norton. He runs Norton's incubator for the future of digital publishing and leads its strategy and policy for digital accessibility. He is also a member of the ARIA and Publishing Working Groups within the W3C, where his main contributions are to the ARIA Authoring Practices document.

Matt Vitale is the Media Accessibility Specialist at W. W. Norton. His responsibilities include technical and strategic recommendations on how third-party assistive technology and browser/OS-based accessibility features interact with Norton’s current and planned online products. He also conducts both manual and automated accessibility testing of Norton’s digital products and is developing a role-based accessibility model for Media Editors, Digital Design and Development, Production, Sales, and Marketing.

The following is an excerpt of the exclusive interview.

Fran(Amnet): Could you tell us about the values and visions for digital equality at Norton and rate them on a scale from one to ten?

Evan: Digital equality through accessibility is definitely a ten.

Matt: For digital equality, I would definitely agree with Evan and would give it a ten. Our end goal is for all of our products to be easily accessible to our users. Digital equality is especially important for publishers because content is going to individuals in universities and high schools who are trying to educate themselves.

Amnet: Regarding your front-list titles, are all disciplines made accessible or are you excluding some complex subjects such as chemistry?

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