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.

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What Makes DAISY/EPUB Effective

  1. 1. What makes DAISY/EPUB effective: DAISY reading experience. What is new in the EPUB revision? <ul><li>PEARSON Accessibility Conference </li></ul><ul><li>Varju Luceno - DAISY Consortium - September 27, 2010 </li></ul>
  2. 2. Quote of the Day <ul><li>In your thirst for knowledge, be sure not to drown in all the information.  ~Anthony J. D'Angelo, The College Blue Book </li></ul>
  3. 3. What is DAISY? <ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Synchronized text, audio and image files </li></ul><ul><li>Portable - well received internationally </li></ul><ul><li>Navigable and feature-rich </li></ul><ul><li>3 types of DAISY books: audio and full text, audio with navigation and text-only </li></ul>
  4. 4. DAISY Playback Systems <ul><li>Desktop DAISY Players (Victor Reader ClassicX etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Portable DAISY Players (BookSense, Milestone [demo], PlexTalk Pocket, BookPort Plus, ClassMate Reader, Victor Reader Stream etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Software Players (EasyReader, ReadHear for Mac [demo], gh Player, AMIS [demo] etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile DAISY applications (Symbian phones, iPhone) </li></ul><ul><li>DAISY Books in Browsers (Firefox Add-on AnyDAISY) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Tools for Authoring DAISY Content <ul><li>Open Source Tools (Obi, Tobi, odt2daisy etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Save as DAISY add-in for Microsoft Office Word </li></ul><ul><li>Commercial tools (Dolphin Publisher, Book Wizard Producer etc.) </li></ul>
  6. 6. DAISY Consortium’s Mission <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Growing number of organizations support DC’s mission and open source projects. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Current Situation <ul><li>Accessibility to be elevated in all sectors, and most importantly in education. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Students increasingly expect content on-demand, everywhere, immediately. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Reality <ul><li>For print impaired readers electronic books are not a fad, they represent a necessity since printed publications are simply not accessible . </li></ul>
  9. 9. EPUB - .epub <ul><li>Open XML format for reflowable digital books and publications - becoming increasingly popular. </li></ul><ul><li>The addition of EPUB support in accessible eBook readers provides visually impaired readers immediate access to the growing eBook market. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Need for Improvements <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Emerging technologies include new ways of using existing technologies. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Current Developments <ul><li>Both DAISY and EPUB Standards are currently under revision, DAISY Consortium is leading the effort. </li></ul><ul><li>Accessibility will be woven into the fabric of the revised EPUB Standard, benefitting both mainstream readers and those who require accessible reading materials. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Thank You! <ul><li>Please go to daisy.org and idpf.org for more information </li></ul>