DAISY book format

T. Joseph CARTER knghtbrd at bluecherry.net
Thu Dec 1 07:15:47 UTC 2005

Thanks for looking--the freedomscientific books are all MP3 audio though,
so they won't help me with what I am trying to do.  It's interesting
enough, but these are pretty clearly generated--that or the DAISY format
is so obnoxiously verbose that nobody in their right mind writes the XML
by hand.  *smile*

On Thu, Dec 01, 2005 at 12:04:12AM -0500, Christopher Covington wrote:
> I poked around the daisy consortium site and it's pretty unfriendly
> and totally useless. I don't understand why an organization would not
> want to allow the general public to access tools for the format they
> are trying to promote. [After having surfed around more extensively, I
> chalk it up to a website that doesn't direct normal linux hobbyists
> such as myself to the right place.]
> Anyhow, I learned html and my first programming language by copying
> examples and editing them. Maybe you could figure out the DAISY format
> by reverse engineering some books in that format (using perhaps the
> specification as a reference). I found some example DAISY books at
> http://www.freedomscientific.com/Training/JAWS_training_hq.asp#DAISY.
> Upon further looking into things, I happened upon
> http://dsidtb.sourceforge.net/index.php which links to some tools
> including a validator. That stuff probably can help but it's a bummer
> I wasn't able to find a tutorial or whatever about writing in this
> format. The specification seemed to have some examples though that
> maybe you could work off of.
> Cheers,
> Chris Covington
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