What Makes DAISY/EPUB Effective

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DAISY - Open standard for structured, accessible digital books. EPUB - Open XML format for reflowable digital books and publications - becoming increasingly popular.

DAISY - Open standard for structured, accessible digital books. EPUB - Open XML format for reflowable digital books and publications - becoming increasingly popular.

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  • 1. What makes DAISY/EPUB effective: DAISY reading experience. What is new in the EPUB revision?
    • PEARSON Accessibility Conference
    • Varju Luceno - DAISY Consortium - September 27, 2010
  • 2. Quote of the Day
    • In your thirst for knowledge, be sure not to drown in all the information.  ~Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book
  • 3. What is DAISY?
    • Open standard for structured, accessible digital books – DAISY 2.02 most widely adopted, DAISY 3 (formally DAISY/NISO Z39.86 2005), DAISY 4 under development
    • Synchronized text, audio and image files
    • Portable - well received internationally
    • Navigable and feature-rich
    • 3 types of DAISY books: audio and full text, audio with navigation and text-only
  • 4. DAISY Playback Systems
    • Desktop DAISY Players (Victor Reader ClassicX etc.)
    • Portable DAISY Players (BookSense, Milestone [demo], PlexTalk Pocket, BookPort Plus, ClassMate Reader, Victor Reader Stream etc.)
    • Software Players (EasyReader, ReadHear for Mac [demo], gh Player, AMIS [demo] etc.)
    • Mobile DAISY applications (Symbian phones, iPhone)
    • DAISY Books in Browsers (Firefox Add-on AnyDAISY)
  • 5. Tools for Authoring DAISY Content
    • Open Source Tools (Obi, Tobi, odt2daisy etc.)
    • Save as DAISY add-in for Microsoft Office Word
    • Commercial tools (Dolphin Publisher, Book Wizard Producer etc.)
  • 6. DAISY Consortium’s Mission
    • To develop and promote international standards and technologies which enable equal access to information and knowledge by all people with print disabilities and which also benefit the wider community.
    • Growing number of organizations support DC’s mission and open source projects.
  • 7. Current Situation
    • Accessibility to be elevated in all sectors, and most importantly in education.
    • It has been made clear by the US DOJ and the Department of Education that reading systems must be accessible if they are going to be used in schools and universities.
    • Students increasingly expect content on-demand, everywhere, immediately.
  • 8. Reality
    • For print impaired readers electronic books are not a fad, they represent a necessity since printed publications are simply not accessible .
  • 9. EPUB - .epub
    • Open XML format for reflowable digital books and publications - becoming increasingly popular.
    • The addition of EPUB support in accessible eBook readers provides visually impaired readers immediate access to the growing eBook market.
  • 10. Need for Improvements
    • EPUB is well-aligned with the DAISY Standard but does not presently incorporate all DAISY features; in particular, there is no explicit support for full synchronization of multiple media types, such as audio and text.
    • Emerging technologies include new ways of using existing technologies.
  • 11. Current Developments
    • Both DAISY and EPUB Standards are currently under revision, DAISY Consortium is leading the effort.
    • Accessibility will be woven into the fabric of the revised EPUB Standard, benefitting both mainstream readers and those who require accessible reading materials.
  • 12. Thank You!
    • Please go to daisy.org and idpf.org for more information