While the ePub standard was created with text documents in mind, the Pages program on the Mac can create ePub documents with embedded images. However, the current version of Pages (Pages ’09) does not allow for alternative text to be added to each image in an ePub document. Without alternative text, someone accessing the ePub document on an iPad with the iBooks app and the VoiceOver screen reader will hear the file name of each image, instead of a more useful description. This tutorial will demonstrate a technique for adding alternative text to ePub documents exported from Pages. This will make the documents more accessible to those who rely on VoiceOver to have ebooks read aloud to them on the iPad.

iBooks is the free ebook reader app from Apple that works on any IOS device. iBooks includes support for resizing text and changing the font and background to make text easier to read for people with print disabilities. It also includes a built-in dictionary, highlighting and notes to support active reading strategies. This tutorial covers the instructional supports built into iBooks.

The new restrictions feature in IOS 4.2 makes it easier to manage Apple mobile devices in the classroom by keeping students from installing and deleting apps. With the restrictions in IOS 4.2, you also have full control over the types of content students can access.

The rotor gesture supported by VoiceOver provides a quick way to adjust the speaking rate and change the language without having to go back to the Settings app each time a change is needed.

The web rotor is a special VoiceOver gesture for quickly navigating a web page in Mobile Safari using lists of headings, links, form controls and other structural elements. For the web rotor to work well, the author of the web page has to properly structure the web page with headings and other structural elements when it is authored.

iBooks is an ebook reader app for IOS devices such as the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. iBooks can open ebooks in the ePub format as well as PDF documents, and it is fully compatible with the VoiceOver screen reader built into IOS. This tutorial covers some of the VoiceOver gestures supported by iBooks.

VoiceOver is the screen reader built into IOS, the operating system on Apple’s mobile devices. With VoiceOver, someone with a visual impairment can use a few simple gestures to hear aloud what is displayed on the screen for people who are sighted.

Apple’s operating system for mobile devices, known as IOS, includes a number of accessibility features designed to make these devices easier to use for people with disabilities.

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