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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

DAISY Consortium and Microsoft Collaborate to Develop OpenXML to DAISY

The DAISY Consortium (Digital Accessible Information System Consortium)
recently announced a collaborative effort with Microsoft to the release
a "Save As DAISY XML" feature next year. The DAISY Standard has been
adopted throughout the world by libraries and organizations producing
and distributing accessible reading materials. This collaboration
between Microsoft and the DAISY Consortium is a major breakthrough in
the movement to provide feature-rich, structured information to the
millions of people around the world who are unable to read print due to
a visual, physical, perceptual, developmental, cognitive, or learning
disability. The free, downloadable plug-in for Microsoft Word will
convert Open XML-based word processing documents into DAISY XML,
technically referred to as DTBook. DAISY XML, or DTBook, is the
foundation of the globally accepted DAISY Standard for reading and
publishing navigable multimedia content. The DAISY XML that is generated
is the marked up file that can then be processed to produce DAISY Digital
Talking Books and other accessible formats. This "Open XML to DAISY XML"
converter will be one of several authoring and conversion options that
produce DTBook. The development will be hosted on SourceForge. "Save As
DAISY XML" creates a DAISY XML file (DTBook) which requires further
processing to become a DAISY Digital Talking Book (DTB). This additional
processing may be accomplished using a number of commercial and open
source conversion and production tools. More Information See also the NISO press release Click Here

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