Working Group Note: EPUB Accessibility — EU Accessibility Act Mapping

The EPUB 3 Working Group has just published a Working Group Note of EPUB Accessibility – EU Accessibility Act Mapping.

The European Accessibility Act (EAA) is an EU directive that establishes binding accessibility targets that must be met by many different types of products and services to strengthen the rights of people with disabilities to access goods and services, including ebooks, dedicated reading software, ereading devices, and ecommerce.

The EAA has been approved on 27 June 2019, should be implemented by EU Member States within 28 June 2022 and will enter in force from 28 June 2025.

This note aims to demonstrate that the technical requirements of the European Accessibility Act related to ebooks are met by the EPUB standard. The methodology used is mapping the requirements of the EU Accessibility Act related to ebooks to the EPUB Accessibility specification.