[Athen] FW: Microsoft Word files to serve as talking books
pratikp1 at gmail.com
Tue Nov 13 07:17:14 PST 2007
Look at the following two links:
Director, IT Access. Director, PeopleTech.
The City University of New York
From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Kelmer, Susan M.
Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2007 9:52 AM
To: Access Technologists in Higher Education Network
Subject: [Athen] FW: Microsoft Word files to serve as talking books
Anyone know anything about this and whether it will actually work? Or
is this pie in the sky...
>Microsoft Word files to serve as talking books
>By Elsa Wenzel
>Microsoft and open-source site SourceForge
>http://www.sourceforge.net/ will offer a free plug-in early
>next year that will convert Office 2007 files to the DAISY
>format that translates text to speech.
>The free tool will add a "Save as DAISY" option within Word
>2007, 2003 and XP software. DAISY XML files can be read aloud
>by speech synthesizers, paired with audio narration and used
>to create electronic Braille. Users can navigate open-standard
>DAISY documents quickly by jumping between page elements, such
>as headers and indexes.
>The DAISY Consortium of 70 nonprofits has aimed since 1996 to
>make all published information available to people with visual
>impairments and learning disabilities. The acronym stands for
>Digital Accessible Information System.
>Digital narration serves computer users with visual
>impairments, people with learning challenges like dyslexia, as
>well as those with Parkinsons disease and other conditions
>that make it hard to type or hold a book.
>With the release of the Office 2007 suite in January,
>Microsoft shunned the popular, XML-based Open Document Format
>for its own, new Open XML format. The OOXML documents, which
>include Word files with the DOCX extension, are easier to
>retrieve if corrupted than the older DOC files.
>Versions of Word prior to 2007 can open OOXML documents after
>a one-time download of a free converter from Microsoft.
>However, critics gripe that Microsoft's format change was
>unnecessary and clumsy. Microsoft maintains that the new
>format enables greater flexibility, such as accessibility features.
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