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

Janina Sajka janina at rednote.net
Mon May 19 20:59:52 UTC 2008

A "Save As DAISY" will be coming to OO. I don't know when. We've had it
on our list of issues for some time, but the expert who was working on
it has moved on to other employment.

Here are some relevant URIs:





Aldo writes:
> 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 ? 
> 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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