After you have uploaded and converted your PDF file into a flipbook, your published work can now be made accessible to visually impaired readers. In this regard, Flipsnack is introducing the new Accessibility feature.

What is Accessibility and why is it important?

Accessibility is a feature newly implemented by Flipsnack that allows publishers to make their work visually approachable for people with visual disabilities.

You created and published your flipbook, and now it’s time to make sure your work is visually reachable by everyone. After publishing your flipbook, now you have the option to turn on our new Accessibility feature.

How does Accessibility work?

First publish your flipbook, next you need to click on Details. In the list on your left side of the screen, select Accessibility.

For each page you select to make accessible, you will have to fill in a Title and a Description. The information contained in these brackets will then be read aloud by the VoiceOver app installed on each computer.

Note: Flipsnack doesn’t come with a predefined plugin or software that can allow the reading of such material. Accessibility means that our software is compliant with third-party reading apps that can translate the information. Basically, if the disabled person has such a software installed on their computer, and the accessibility feature is enabled, they will have no difficulty in going through the flipbook.

Macbooks come with such predefined installed apps. Mac computers' VoiceOver feature allows users with visual disabilities to control their computers with gestures and specifically designed commands. Windows users will have to install a separate software, such as NaturalReader or Zabaware, for this to work.

How do you enable the Accessibility option?

  1. Select your desired flipbook and click on the Details button.
Details of a newly published flipbook

2. Next you will have to select Accessibility, located on the left, right under the Sell button.

Flipsnack accessibility button

3. Next you will be asked to complete the aforementioned case.

After you add in your Title and Description, don’t forget to toggle on the Accessibility feature, located just above, under Options.

Accessibility option in flipsnack widget

By doing so, your publication is now accessible to visually impaired readers to go through. Once they open your flipbook, they will recognize a new icon, located in the top left corner, as highlighted in the picture below:

Accessibility icon in Flipsnack

By clicking on the icon, the reader’s flipbook will be displayed slightly differently, with the text you added in your page Description being shown separately.

The result will look like this:

Flipbook with accessibility option enabled

As you can see, the information contained on those pages is now transferred on the left side of your screen. The VoiceOver software will now come into play and read the text in question.

There is also the possibility to increase the font. For those readers who want their text separated from anything else, they can now go through your flipbook seamlessly.

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