DAISY book format

Janina Sajka janina at rednote.net
Thu Dec 1 23:03:13 UTC 2005

Hmmm, I didn't know Daisy_Player. Got a url for that?

Meanwhile, here's one more url for you:


The Amis Project aims to produce LGPL authoring and client software
that's cross platform. They're a multi-year grant of the Nipon
Foundation. They were supposed to have a Linux port by now, and I don't
know why it isn't yet out.

They've been trying to write very ANSI compliant C.

T. Joseph CARTER writes:
> Janina Sajka wrote:
> > No, I'm not aware of a primer on how to markup DAISY. I'm afraid you
> > need to delve into the specs.
> *gulp*  Hopefully it's less insane than the HTML specs at this point.
> More from Janina:
> > Are you comfortable with HTML at least? If so, I would go at itas
> > follows:
> [..]
> Yeah, as I said I write my XHTML in vim, the hard way, because it's not
> really that hard to do.  I still use tables for layout, so I'm technically
> using XHTML Transitional, but I'll spare you the rant as to precisely how
> CSS mandates broken behavior.  *grin*
> > Let me ask this--What are you going to use to "play" this file?
> The best choice right now is probably daisy_player, since it actually will
> take a text ebook and feed it to Lynx.  My long-term plan is to produce a
> module for my big PDA project called Epic that will put the text ebook
> into the same format as is used by Tangle.  Tangle is a WAP/web browser
> component for the same project that turns HTML into something not unlike
> the binary format used by Plucker, a sortof offline web browser and book
> reader for Palm PDAs.  In fact, while Tangle is still very immature, I am
> using a modified version of Plucker Distiller to produce Tangle output
> files to use with Scrawl's buffers.
> Think of the whole thing as emacspeak without the elisp and designed for a
> PDA where you won't be able to tie your fingers in knots with Escape Meta
> Alt Control Shift key combinations.  *grin*
> > Or, are you expecting you will also record audio and sync it to the XML
> > markup? That would be fairly non trivial except in a pretty coarse way,
> > by hand.
> I wouldn't even try.  I just recently got handed a bunch of plain text
> extracted carefully from PDFs that needs to be edited by hand to clean up
> after it having been typeset.  There's just enough of it I would like to
> restore the hyperlinks, particularly the index.  I could HTMLify the whole
> mess in a semi-automatic way since the typesetting is somewhat predictable
> manner, but it seems like HTML is the wrong tool for the job.
> As it happens, sooner or later I have to learn something about the format
> so that Epic can become more than a page in a design notebook.  In a lot
> of ways, Epic should be easier to write than Tangle.  That's my current
> theory, anyway.
> Thanks for the link to the perl stuff.  Between that and daisy_reader, I
> think  may have what I need.  *smile*
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