On Wednesday, May 7, Microsoft and The Digital Accessible Information SYstem (DAISY) Consortium (www.daisy.org) will announce the general availability of the new “Save as DAISY XML” add-in for Microsoft Office Word.
This free, downloadable XML-based add-in, available at http://sourceforge.net/projects/openxml-daisy, will make it possible for Microsoft Office Word (including XP, 2003 and 2007) users to convert Open XML-based content into DAISY XML, the universal standard format used for reading and publishing digital talking books. The add-in offers significant benefits to users with print disabilities around the world.
Also available at the same time is the next version of the DAISY Pipeline - a free downloadable transformation suite that supports the seamless conversion of DAISY XML into DAISY Digital Talking Book (DTB) format. Download the DAISY Pipeline from the DAISY Project page at http://www.daisy.org/projects/pipeline/.
Together these technologies provide a comprehensive solution for converting text documents into accessible formats for those with print disabilities.