daisy reader

Willem van der Walt wvdwalt at csir.co.za
Mon May 9 06:00:25 UTC 2005

The player by Jos works well and is easy to install, but it does not 
synchronize the text with the audio at all.
It is the most stable among the players that i have tested.
If it is a daisy book with audio only and just the basic ncc file, it is a 
good tool to use.
As it uses lynx, one can easily find a heading by using lynx's own search 
feature.  It does not implement speed control, but in some situations, one 
can live with that.
Listen-up once it is ready would be the most feature-Rich player of the 
ones I have tested.
I kind of like the Perl script daisy player, but it seem buggy to me.  I 
was also trying to get Idair going, but One needs a lot of extra tcl 
packages and it seem to run under X regardless of its claim to be a 
command-line daisy player.  I got all  the required packages installed, 
and will ask a sighted person to see if it is actually running.
Most of my tests were done using the Access World magazine daisy book that 
can be found on the speakup site.
I could get no where with the daisy player that is built into emacspeak, 
but i am not conversant in emacspeak so it might have been my stupidity 
rather than the lack of functionality in the program.
Regards, Willem

On Fri, 6 May 2005, Aldo wrote:

> On Fri, May 06, 2005 at 09:35:48AM -0400, Janina Sajka wrote:
>> Are the elements in the TOC navigable? Can I go next, next next, item by
>> item? Can I go previous, previous, previous, item by item? Can I adjust
>> the granularity and move next next next by chapter, or next next next by
>> page? Or previous?
> Navigating is quite intuitive, the reaction in Jos' daisyplayer is
> immediate, I don't know which features it should have more or less than
> Listenup, but maybe you can download and try it.
>> If so, can I do this from within the content? Or do I need to go back to
>> the TOC to do this?
> The content in Jos' daisyplayer is played while you still are in Lynx,
> and can switch toanother chapter or so, so you continuously see the
> total "menu" of your cd.
> In Yannick's daisyreader you are not using Lynx as interface, so you
> can't do what you told above, but these two players are very very easy
> to install; maybe an effort can be done for Listenup so that more people
> can download and install it without having to read any doc or becoming a
> scientific :-)
>> DAISY would require this kind of navigation within the structure. Early
>> in the NISO specification process we specifically discussed this, and
>> there are supporting documents to describe these things.
> In my opinion, the most powerful application in the world can't be
> considered as 100% as long as it requires more efforts to install it
> than efforts to use it.
>> PS: Though many books may not provide multiple navigational levels, the
>> spec does support multiple levels.
> At this moment, as well in France as in Belgium where I live, lots of
> magazines are on cassettes; in the Netherland they have migrate to Daisy
> since 2004; I just asked for a cd, tried one from the speakup-goodies...
> but that's all, the goal/my goal was to check if I was able to obtain a
> daisy player who was functional and easy to install and to use.
> Aldo.
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