[Athen] Quick and Easy DAISY (was Microsoft Word files to serve as talking books)

Gaeir Dietrich gdietrich at htctu.net
Tue Nov 13 18:33:02 PST 2007


I have not been pushing the DAISY solution that we use here at the HTCTU,
and it has been occurring to me lately that not doing so may be a mistake.
(If for no other reason than the fact that folks think quick, easy DAISY is

We worked with a company out of Sweden called Phoneticom to customize a
DAISY tool for us.

The time that it takes me to create a DAISY book beyond what it would take
anyway to scan and OCR the book is about 15-30 minutes...and I mean to
mark-up a 400+ page book.

The DAISY itself is compiled on a server, so once the mark-up is done, so it
the computer time.

When the project is completed, you receive an e-mail and download your book.

We do not hand-code page numbers (that is automatic), and we retain both
graphics and the one-to-one page correspondence. The mark-up of headings is
done quickly and easily in MS Word and consists of simply applying word
styles to chapter headings and adding title and copyright information to the
first page.

The books always validate and work with all DAISY players.

If anyone wants more details, please let me know.

Gaeir (rhymes with "fire") Dietrich
High Tech Center Training Unit of the
California Community Colleges
De Anza College, Cupertino, CA

-----Original Message-----
From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Kelmer, Susan M.
Sent: Tuesday, November 13, 2007 8:45 AM
To: Access Technologists in Higher Education Network
Subject: Re: [Athen] FW: Microsoft Word files to serve as talking books

>George Kerscher from the DAISY Consortium was a guest speaker

>in one of my sessions and also gave several talks himself last

>week at AHG. He told me to keep my ears to the ground on

>Tuesday for an exciting announcement regarding DAISY. I think

>this may be it.

I was on a different track this year with my workshops and lectures, so
I missed his. I would love to think this could work, it would be a
wonderful alternative to all the hand-coding that is required with DAISY
work these days. I keep looking for quick easy solutions.


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