DAISY.xml - Mikro$oft's great plans for us VIPs!
marbux at gmail.com
Mon May 19 00:36:31 UTC 2008
On Sun, May 18, 2008 at 3:02 AM, Aldo <blinuxman at tuxfamily.org> wrote:
> Hello all,
> does someone here can tell me if future versions of OpenOffice will ship
> a similar facility to save an .odt file to DAISY.xml ?
I can't satisfactorily answer the question in regard to OpenOffice.org, but
there is a set of XSL transforms for going between Daisy and ODT. See <
OpenOffice.org has tools for writing to and reading from XSLTs, but I'm not
familiar with how well they work or how well they might integrate with the
As I understand the situation, the ODT XSLTs are part of the Daisy Pipeline.
I hope this helps.
> BTW, is this M$ 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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