DAISY.xml - Mikro$oft's great plans for us VIPs!

Aldo blinuxman at tuxfamily.org
Sun May 18 10:02:54 UTC 2008

Hello all,

does someone here can tell me if future versions of OpenOffice will ship
a similar facility to save an .odt file to DAISY.xml ?
BTW, is this M$ format really opensource/FREE/GPL or does it contains
limitation of use/edit ? 


   Microsoft is helping to launch new software that will make it much
   easier to create documents accessible to blind and print-disabled

   The software allows any OpenXML file to be saved as DAISY XML, which
   holds the internationally accepted standard for reading and publishing
   accessible content.
   The "Save as Daisy XML add-in" was created as an open source project
   with Microsoft, Sonata Software, and the Digital Accessible
   Information System (DAISY).
   It is available on Microsoft Office Word 2007, Word 2003 and Word XP
   for free at www.openxmlcommunity.org/daisy

   The add-in converts text files into audio files and allows users to
   easily navigate information through headings and pages numbers.

   "It allows print disabled people to navigate the document the same way
   a sighted person would navigate a document," said Microsoft director
   of Corp Affairs and Citizenship, John Galligan.

   "It`s a vocal version of that document as we would read it as a
   sighted person."

   Before DAISY XML, blind and print-disabled people had to rely on
   outside agencies to convert documents into accessible formats, which
   took time and tended to be expensive.
   Now that a document has the ability to be converted into DAISY XML
   from its very creation, the print-disabled have the ability to be more
   autonomous in their own information gathering and can participate in
   areas of life that once seemed off limits.


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