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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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    What Makes DAISY/EPUB Effective What Makes DAISY/EPUB Effective Presentation Transcript

    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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)
    • 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.)
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Reality
      • For print impaired readers electronic books are not a fad, they represent a necessity since printed publications are simply not accessible .
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Thank You!
      • Please go to daisy.org and idpf.org for more information