Pressbooks 5.3.0, McLuhan 2.3.0 and Aldine 1.3.0

Pressbooks 5.3.0, McLuhan 2.3.0 and Aldine 1.3.0 are now available. Changes include a new tool to compare cloned content with its source in the webbook, the ability to automatically collapse chapter sections in the webbook, many accessibility improvements in the webbook reading interface, and a number of bug fixes and under-the-hood improvements. Many thanks to Jonathan Hung, Lukas Kaiser, and Brad Payne for their contributions! You can read the full changelogs here:

Sprint Preview: May 14-25

Here’s what we’re working on this sprint:

  • LTI provider plugin: This week, we’ll be working on the Thin Common Cartridge component of our Pressbooks LTI Provider plugin, which will enable Pressbooks users to export a Thin Common Cartridge file directly from the standard Pressbooks export interface. We are grateful to all the members of the Open Source community who have helped us along this process for their valuable input! 🙂
  • Pressbooks, McLuhan, Aldine: We’re getting close to finishing the Pressbooks 5.3.0 update, as well as updates to McLuhan and Aldine; if all goes well, we’ll be aiming to release them on Wednesday, May 16th.
  • Buckram: We’ll be fine-tuning our Buckram themes for Buckram 1.0 release.
  • On the front end, we’ll be starting some spec work to improve usability on Aldine and webbook homepages.

Our Accessibility Policy and Forthcoming Accessibility Improvements

We’re pleased to share Pressbooks’ new policy on accessibility:

Pressbooks is committed to ensuring that our software is accessible to users and readers. We understand accessibility and inclusive design to be holistic, proactive processes that must be built into our product specification and development workflow. We also recognize that as a publishing tool, we have an opportunity to facilitate the production of accessible content. With this in mind, we are working with accessibility and inclusive design experts at OCAD University’s Inclusive Design Research Centre and others to identify areas for improvement.

For full details, you can consult the policy.

As noted in this morning’s sprint preview, we are tackling a number of accessibility issues in our current sprint thanks to clear, actionable feedback from Jonathan Hung and the team at the Inclusive Design Research centre. We’re thrilled to be collaborating with the IDRC to make our project more inclusive to all users, and we’re grateful for their insight as we develop our internal expertise on these vital issues.

Sprint Preview: April 30–May 11

Here’s what we’re working on this sprint:

  • LTI provider plugin: We are starting development of a first-party LTI provider plugin, which will support the integration of Pressbooks content into Learning Management Systems.
  • Pressbooks, McLuhan, and Buckram improvements: We are finalizing our next Pressbooks update, as well as an update to McLuhan which will include Buckram 1.0.
  • Accessibility improvements: We will be publishing our new Accessibility Policy this sprint, and implementing a number of accessibility improvements to McLuhan as part of the forthcoming release based on comprehensive review and feedback from Jonathan Hung at the Inclusive Design Research Centre.