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

marbux 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
Daisy XSLTs.

As I understand the situation, the ODT XSLTs are part of the Daisy Pipeline.

I hope this helps.

Best regards,


> BTW, is this M$ format really opensource/FREE/GPL or does it contains
> limitation of use/edit ?
> See:
> http://www.itnews.com.au/News/75999,new-software-opens-up-online-world-to-the-blind.aspx
> <snip>
>   Microsoft is helping to launch new software that will make it much
>   easier to create documents accessible to blind and print-disabled
>   people.
>   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.
> </snip>
> Aldo.
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