epubtest.org

Participate

Welcome! We at the DAISY Consortium invite you to join us in testing the accessibility of digital reading systems, including apps and hardware devices. Your test results help developers to improve their products, and consumers and institutional purchasers to select most accessible solutions. Together we can change the world by making books and other publications accessible with eyes, ears, and fingers.

Becoming a contributor

Getting started

If you'd like to get involved, we welcome you to contact us. We will then send you an invitation to create an account on this site. Once you have received your invitation, just follow the instructions in the email to set up your account.

Testing

Performing the tests

After you login, go to your dashboard. There, you'll find your assignments, organized by testing environment.

A testing environment is the combination of software used to evaluate a reading experience. It usually consists of a reading system, some assistive technology, and an operating system. It may also include a browser.

If you don't have any assignments on your dashboard, it means our administrators are still setting up your testing, so please check back later. As soon as you have items listed on your dashboard, you can start testing.

To enter results, choose a testing environment on your dashboard, and choose a topic from its table. Then select Edit to go to the results editing page for that topic.

This will bring you to the testing page. There, you will see a link to download the test book itself (the EPUB file). Download the book and open it in the reading system that you're testing.

A test book is a custom EPUB containing the tests for a topic. For example, there are test books for Math, Visual Adjustments, Media Overlays, and many more reading system testing topics. Using a consistent set of test books results increases the accuracy of the testing experience report.

For each test in the book, there is a corresponding row on the testing page form. Follow the instructions in the book and record an answer for each test.

Press Save when you're done, or when you want to pause testing for now. You can return later to finish.

Adding summary information

Once you have performed the tests from a book for a testing environment, you may add some summary notes about your experience in the summary field on the testing page. This summary will become part of your results when they're published.

You may also enter notes for each test, and choose on a per-note basis whether they should be published when the results go live.

Editing your results

You may go back at any time and edit your answers, summaries, or notes.

Publishing your results

Results are not public until they have been published. Then they appear on the main results page.

To publish your results, go to your dashboard, find the results (listed per test book), and choose the request to publish option. Our administrators will review and approve your request shortly.

Maintaining your results

From time to time, the tests are updated to fix bugs or expand the number of tests. When this happens, you will see in your dashboard what needs attention.

In the time between the tests being updated and you updating your results for those tests, your score for the previous tests will remain visible on the main page, with an indication that it is not for the most current set of tests.