DAISY book format

Willem van der Walt wvdwalt at csir.co.za
Fri Dec 2 06:57:04 UTC 2005

As you say, they try to be open.
I have the sources of amis on my box and was trying to get all the libs to 
build.  Listen-up does text syncronisation and so does idair.
Idair also runs under Windows.
Regards, Willem

On Thu, 1 Dec 2005, Janina Sajka wrote:

> Hmmm, I didn't know Daisy_Player. Got a url for that?
> Meanwhile, here's one more url for you:
> http://amis.sf.net
> 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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>> but a habit."
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