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Making Better Ebooks Electronic publications have great potential for users with print disabilities to gain access to information that might otherwise be inaccessible to them.

The advent of ebooks meant that for the first time in history, blind and other print-disabled users were able to gain access to the same books and publications at the same time as the rest of the population, at the same price. Readers with print disabilities access ebooks on computers or mobile devices using various assistive technologies, including screen readers, refreshable Braille displays, or screen magnification software.

They utilize a variety of gestures in mobile devices, or keyboard shortcuts on computers in order to execute functions. Digital content is inherently more flexible than hard copy. It should be possible to use assistive technologies to read the text out loud with or without being able to see the screen. The user should be able to navigate easily and orientate themselves within the context of the content.

It should be possible for users to change colours or magnify text and have it reflow to fit the page.

Of course, readers who cannot access print materials in a conventional way have different accessibility requirements: blind readers need to be able to navigate books like their fully sighted counterparts can, including moving between pages and chapter or section headings, and navigating to a particular section of interest from the table of contents; people with low vision or reading disabilities need to be able to adjust the presentation of content on a screen by, for example, enlarging the font size or changing font and background colours; and people with mobility impairments may need to be able to read and navigate digital books using voice commands or other assistive technology.

This, however, does not always happen. Depending on the aggregator, the publisher, and the format, readers with print disabilities can have very different experiences when trying to access a book. Many publishers and their suppliers are still clinging to EPUB 2, an inherently inferior product from an accessibility point of view.

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NNELS supports principles of openness, inclusion, and choice. NNELS develops and maintains a digital repository of accessible titles for Canadians with print disabilities, available through Canadian public libraries, works to advance the agenda of accessible publishing, and builds capacity by providing employment opportunities for people with print disabilities. Anyone with a print disability can request any title through one of those organizations, thanks to the copyright exemptions that come from Bill C, also known as the Copyright Act.

They will buy the ebook or print book and then do the incredibly laborious work of re-formatting it for its next reader —stripping junk HTML, OCR scanning, adding alt text, etc. There are a lot of slap dash ebooks in the marketplace that are going to keep the remediation work going for some time. So what is this mythical print-disabled marketplace? Not so mythical at all. There are 37 million people in Canada; approximately 1. That number does not account for an ageing population.

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A chunk of the population has a physical issue that prevents them from holding and manipulating a book. Listening to an audiobook while driving, or having voice aids read text aloud so the reader can be hands-free are good examples of that.

A breastfeeding mother needs her hands for other things, for example. Someone who has a broken arm may have trouble navigating an ereader or website. There is a healthy market in readers with print disabilities. And there are some preliminary statistics that point to that group of readers being more voracious than the average.

The Italian accessibility organization, Fondazione LIA , points out that where texts are accessible to them, readers with print disabilities consume more than three times the number of books than the non-print-disabled population. Font sizing, night mode, text orientation, reading mode, colour modifications, and screen magnification. The value of the global population of people with disabilities and their friends and family is 3. This is a very large, untapped market.

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The Bill now awaits Royal Assent. One of the purposes of the bill is to prevent accessibility barriers in information and communication technologies, including digital content and the technologies used to access it. Requirements of this bill, including web accessibility, will likely follow WCAG.

It aims to set the base for the full and equal participation of all persons, especially persons with disabilities, in society. This is to be achieved by the identification, removal and prevention of barriers. It aims to facilitate access to published works for persons with print disabilities by providing the material in formats that they can easily use.

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In Canada, government policy on copyright exceptions for people with perceptual disabilities already aligns with the objective of the Treaty. Before Canada could accede to the Marrakesh Treaty, the government had to amend the Copyright Act to bring the exceptions in the Act for people with print disabilities in line with the obligations of the Treaty.

Amendments made to the Act include the following: Permit the making of large-print books Reduce the restrictions on exporting accessible materials—authors will be allowed to send accessible-format copies of their work, regardless of their nationality, facilitating the cross-border exchange of works in accessible formats with supporting organizations in other countries.

When a column is full of numbers as in the example with the rightmost column being filled with the numbers 2, 7 and 6 we call this a positive arrow and say that the person has an abundance of that quality.

So in this example the Arrow Of Outlook shows that the person born with these numbers could have a really positive attitude towards life in general. We can also see in the example that the left hand column is completely empty, so this creates a negative arrow. So we draw a dotted line through the empty left hand column to denote a negative arrow like so: This person has a negative Arrow Of Thought, so instead of being a 'thinking things through' kind of person he is the opposite - more spontaneous and tends to act before thinking.

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To show this we write '- Thought' under the grid to show the person has a negative arrow through the Thought column. As you can see from this example, just because someone has a negative arrow doesn't mean it's necessarily a bad thing, just a different type of character trait. There's nothing wrong with being a thinker and there's nothing wrong with being spontaneous! One should be careful when giving a reading not to look at these negative arrows as all bad.

We are all different and our strengths usually outweigh our weaknesses. By drawing the arrows through the columns and writing what they mean underneath each grid we will leave people with numerology charts that still make sense many years later. When you first start you might find that drawing a type of stick man made from a circle, a heart shape and the letter 'A' next to the grid will help you remember that the top is the head, the middle is the heart and the bottom is the legs - as in the world of action and 'doing' in the real world.

As before with the columns, when a row is full of numbers we call this a positive arrow. Our original example doesn't have a full or empty row, so just for now let's take away the 7 and replace it with a 6. So in this example the Head Arrow shows that the person was born with numbers that suggest someone who is rather clever.

The empty middle row creates a negative arrow, and we draw a dotted line through it as before. This person has a negative Arrow Of Heart, so instead of being a romantic he is the opposite - rather matter of fact when it comes to love.

To show this we would write '- Heart' under the grid to show the person has a negative arrow through the Heart column. Arrow Diagonals There are only two diagonal arrows. The Arrow Of Willpower runs from bottom left to top right: The Arrow Of Spirituality runs from top left to bottom right: A positive Arrow Of Willpower indicates someone with an extremely forceful character who usually gets what he wants.

A negative Arrow Of Willpower shows just the opposite, someone who is possibly overly shy and introverted. A positive Arrow Of Spirituality indicates someone who is somewhat enlightened and in touch with the universe to a greater extent than most people. A negative Arrow Of Spirituality shows the opposite, someone who is extremely matter of fact and practical, yet misses out on thoughts of higher things.

The arrows are all pretty self-explanatory, and a negative arrow is simply the opposite of the positive arrow.

A person who plans ahead doesn't always have the willpower to see things through to their conclusion, even if they do have a positive outlook on life! A positive outlook alone won't get you too far. A person who thinks with his head is very different to someone whose life is ruled by his heart - and someone who thinks with his body is far more likely to act on physical impulse than either of those two. If you can learn to draw your grid so it looks like this: - then you're already there.

Practice drawing empty grids like this with the stick man and the word 'TWO'. Once you've learned how to do that, try and write in every arrow with its meaning as well, not forgetting the diagonals, and especially not forgetting that there are negative as well as positive arrows.

Within no time you'll be able to remember all of this without even having to use the memory aids. But you may still want to draw the stick man and the other word 'TWO', just because they actually look quite interesting! Arrow Examples Here are some drawn examples for us to practice our arrow reading skills on. What can we say about this first example? In this example we can see a positive arrow going down the middle column, and a negative arrow going down the right hand column.

So this shows someone who has the willpower but struggles to find ways of making this work in the real world because of his less than positive outlook. Here's another example. What can we say about this person's arrows? In this example there is only one negative arrow going diagonally from top left to bottom right, the Arrow Of Willpower. As it is a negative arrow this shows that the person struggles with getting what he wants when he wants it. And another example. What about this grid?

In this example we have two positive arrows, the Arrow Of Will from top to bottom and the Heart Arrow from left to right. So we have someone who is able to get things done but at the same time shows great compassion - this person gets what he wants by helping others at the same time. You may have noticed that when there are two arrows I have combined their meanings when I talk about them. For instance 'You have the willpower shown by the Arrow of Willpower but sometimes struggle because of your negative outlook shown by a negative Arrow Of Outlook '.

The idea of comparing traits like this is very useful. Grid And Arrow Exercises See if you can give readings for these three grids by finding their arrows. Don't forget to remember the drawing of the man and the number written under the grid - this will help jog your memory.

Exercise One: Exercise Two: Exercise Three: There now follows ten birth dates for you to practice your grid making and arrow reading skills on.

Firstly, start with a fresh sheet of paper and see if you can create a Lo Shu Magic Square from memory, as you were taught at the start of this book. Then take each of the following birth dates one at a time, writing each of them into a new grid before seeing which arrows if any each one has. Then, using what you have learned about the meanings of the arrows in the previous chapters, see if you can come up with something different to say for each grid.

If you find that some of the grids have more than one arrow, compare the arrows and describe how these different traits either compliment or distract from one another. What can you say about people born on these dates?

For instance, some people have lucky numbers that they've picked up over the years.

Others may have noticed that certain numbers have cropped up time and time again in their lives. You may find people that haven't noticed any patterns at all with the numbers in their lives - you may have to give these people a little help in coming up with some personal numbers.

We need a handful of numbers to play with, so as an example here are the numbers I would offer someone if they were to ask me which numbers had played a significant part in my life: 36 - because it was my school number at two different schools completely by chance 28 - because it was my house number during a particularly happy part of my childhood 14 - because it's my house number at the moment I think it's important to try and use numbers that people can easily recall.

It's surprising how many interesting numbers people can come up with after giving them a little encouragement, even if at first they can't think of any. Here are three questions you can ask to extract some interesting numbers from people: 1. Do you have a lucky number? Do you have any numbers that have cropped up in your life repeatedly? Can you recall any house numbers that you've lived at where you were particularly happy?

This is usually enough to get a handful of numbers from someone. We are aiming to get about 5 or 6 single numbers in total, so in the example I gave of 36, 28 and 14 we have the single digits which are plenty to work with - it's about the same amount of numbers you get when you use someone's birth date. If I put these numbers on the second grid, using the Lo Shu Square for reference as usual, we get a grid that looks like this: Hopefully by now you will easily be able to spot arrows on the grid.

Straight away we can see there are two positive arrows on this grid, the Arrow Of Thought and the Action Arrow. The first grid shows what people were born with, but this second grid shows what they have actually done and achieved and how life has changed and moulded them.

By comparing the first grid with the second grid we can make all kinds of interesting comparisons. The Arrow Of Thought shows someone who has spent their life doing a lot of thinking, and the Action Arrow shows that a lot of action has taken place - the person has drive.

So during their life this person has thought things through and put things into practice. Perhaps early in life the person was somewhat thoughtless with their head in the clouds, but as their life progressed they engaged their mind a lot more and put a lot more thought into what they were doing?

The first grid has a positive Arrow Of Outlook, but in the second has a positive Action Arrow instead. Could it be that the person has become jaded as they have moved through life, yet have managed to take serious action in the physical world to make things happen against all odds?

I'm sure you can see what I'm doing here. By having a grid from the past and a grid from someone's ongoing life you can make all kinds of great comparisons.

If you were like this talking about first grid then how did you come to be like this now talking about second grid? If you had these kinds of problems through your life second grid , where did they stem from first grid? You will find that some arrows appear twice. Some will disappear. Negative arrows will turn into positive ones and vice-versa. With only two grids and using the arrows alone you have a huge amount to talk about with the person you're giving the reading to.

Let's get on to creating the third grid to bring the reading right up to date. Grid Three - Mobile phone number The third grid we create is going to be identical to the first two but this time we are going to use numbers from the person's mobile phone number.

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A person's mobile number is usually the most current number in their life, and sometimes people go to great lengths to choose a number they like. At other times it's entirely random but it really doesn't matter - what matters is that you have an extremely recent and relevant number to make a third grid with.

This third grid is all about 'now'. As an example, here is a fictitious phone number - We ignore the first part of the number as this is common to the entire mobile network.

We concentrate on the last part of the mobile number which in this case is We draw a grid like the other two and put these numbers into it which looks like this: Once again we check to see if there are any arrows in this grid, and we find a diagonal arrow from top left to bottom right - the Arrow Of Spirituality, and an arrow across the top of the grid - the Head Arrow.

Don't forget that these arrows have appeared using the most current number in the person's life. These arrows are about the present moment, and the person may or may not feel their influence. Perhaps these two arrows are an indication that the person should follow their more spiritual pursuits?

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Or could it be that their creative ideas are about to bear fruit, represented by the Head Arrow? Dealing with the third grid is a lot more vague, yet at the same time more interesting than the other two. We can see where the person has been in the previous two grids, but the arrows in the third grid could show where the person is headed, whether they realise it or not.

Comparing The Arrows On All Three Grids We've already compared the first two grids together, so now let's introduce the third and look at them all at the same time - the birth date grid, the lucky number grid and the mobile number grid.

By this point our three grids look like this, and in this picture we can see the arrow names written under each grid for the first time: Now we have three grids and six sets of arrows to compare. It won't always be like this - sometimes you will have fewer arrows, and very occasionally you may have more. Regardless, you've still got a lot to go on, and we haven't even begun to discuss the numbers themselves yet!

Of course there is a correlation between 'Thought' and 'Head' so to me this suggests that we have someone that throughout their life has become more and more cerebral.

Initially, according to the - Thought, they were somewhat thoughtless, didn't think things through too much, but during their life this changed and they became more thoughtful even careful.

The only negative arrow - Thought appeared in the first grid, this is also interesting as they have usually managed to be positive throughout their life. Perhaps it's that same positive outlook going running through their life from an early age? This signifies a lot of effort, so it appears that during their life up to now they've been getting busy.

Perhaps the person is about to enter a different phase of their life? They may not be aware of it, but perhaps the numbers are on to something? Who knows? It will all become apparent when you start to give readings to real people and you will find that they are using extremely forthcoming in helping you decipher the arrows.

Three Grid Exercises Here are some practice exercises featuring three grids in each. Don't forget the leftmost grid is the birth date grid, the middle one the lucky number grid, and the rightmost grid is the mobile number grid. See if you can give a reading out loud for each of these sets.

Three Grid Exercise 1: Three Grid Exercise 2: Three Grid Exercise 3: Now you've had practice at reading three grids at a time, see if you can create the following readings from scratch using your memory only to draw the Lo Shu Square, fill in the grids and spot the arrows!

Birthdate: 29th November - Lucky numbers: 20, 3, 99 - Mobile number 2. Birthdate: 5th May - Lucky numbers: 18, 8, 61 - Mobile number 3. Birthdate: 7th September - Lucky numbers: 3, 69, 4 - Mobile number 4.


Birthdate 18th August - Lucky numbers: 44, , 16 - Mobile number 5. Birthdate 12th December - Lucky numbers: 22, 11, 8 - Mobile number Number Meanings By this point in the book you should know how to make a Magic Lo Shu Square, how to create three types of grids and how to read the arrows on each grid.

Now we come to the numbers themselves. As you are probably aware, the numbers in numerology each have their own meaning. Here is a very brief list of the meaning of each number.

Don't worry about memorising this for now, you'll pick it up as you go. Beginnings 2. Cooperation 3. Expansion 4. Security 5. Activity 6. Communication 7. Spirituality 8. Inspiration 9. Changes Success Note: These are also the number meanings I explain in my book Cartomancy - Fortune Telling With Playing Cards and once you've learned the meanings of the numbers you're halfway to being able to give incredibly in-depth playing card readings.

Knowing something about numerology is very useful when it comes to learning other systems. The more of a number on a person's grid you can see, the more of an influence that number has. It's fairly common to get two of the same numbers on a grid, slightly less with three and you almost never get four of the same number on a grid.

However, when you look at all three grids at the same time it's a different matter - you can find that some numbers are really abundant and you may have four, five or even six of the same number across all grids. One of the best things about having all the numbers laid out in three grids is it only takes a glance to see which numbers repeat and which numbers never appear at all - a quick scan and you can easily see which squares are dense and which squares are vacant.

To get a better grip on all of this we're going to write the numbers 1 to 9 in a separate column underneath these grids. This will enable us to easily compare the numbers in a simple list.

Here is our example set of three grids again: So we go through, looking at the numbers from one to ten, writing the number in a different row each time we see it. Do the 1's first, then the 2's, and repeat for the other numbers. So for our example we end up with a list like this: 33 44 5 7 8 99 We can now easily see which numbers repeat the most - and least.

We have three each of 1, 2 and 6 and only one each of 5, 7 and 8. If we write the number meanings alongside each column we get this: Beginnings Cooperation 33 Expansion 44 Security 5 Activity Communication 7 Spirituality 8 Inspiration 99 Changes So we can see that the most abundant numbers in this person's life refer to beginnings, cooperation and communication.

We can also see that the numbers that refer to activity, spirituality and inspiration are the ones most lacking. There isn't one number that's most dominant, and there's no number that's missing - all the numbers from one to nine are represented. Sometimes you will find that a number is completely missing, and at other times one number will be more prevalent than the others.

Here's what the completed chart looks like: What can we say about it all? Here's a few paragraphs that you could say to explain these grids to someone. Notice how I not only talk about the numbers that appear the most and the least, but also refer back to the grids to see if the numbers appear in all of the grids, or just some of the grids.

You might have a lot of one number in the first two grids and none in the third, for instance. By doing this you can talk about which period of a person's life the numbers have had the most influence. Ones are all to do with beginnings and starting new ventures and they appear in the first and second grids, so you've had to start over quite a few times in your life. The number two appears in every single grid and as it's all to do with cooperation this has been an important influence in your life and will continue to be so - whether you know it or not, cooperation is important for you.

The fact that there are three sixes with one in each grid isn't that surprising when you consider that this is the number of communication, which goes hand in hand with cooperation. You may not be aware of these influences, I am just telling you what I see. As the five has appeared in your most current grid this signifies that you're currently or about to be going through a lot more activity than you have been used to in the past - things are going to start moving, or have already started.

With the seven only appearing once in the first grid this would suggest that you started out a lot more spiritual than you later came to be - perhaps you've became jaded over the years? It also looks like that you were most inspired leading up to the present moment - I'm not saying that all inspiration is going to leave you, but perhaps it suggests you need less inspiration and more application in the future. Having that solitary eight in the centre grid is interesting, perhaps you find inspiration a fleeting thing?

I see here that the number three is in the last two grids. This means expansion - things have been taking shape and are growing now and into the future. The number four is also in these last two grids and four is the number of security, so as things grow they become more secure.

This could be all part of the same thing and might show that as plans take shape they give you a firmer footing for the future. The only number that appears once in the first grid and once in the third grid is the number nine - the number of change.Making Better Ebooks Electronic publications have great potential for users with print disabilities to gain access to information that might otherwise be inaccessible to them.

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