[Athen] Question about Save As DAISY
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Sat Apr 17 06:19:53 PDT 2010
Just my $02, but when folks say 'text-only DAISY', they may not be
taking the .smil file in to account. If you look a DAISY file from
Bookshare you will see they still have a .smil file even though there
is no synchronized audio. Doesn't make much sense to me but if it
weren't important they wouldn't include it..
On Fri, Apr 16, 2010 at 2:09 PM, Sean J Keegan <skeegan at stanford.edu> wrote:
> Hi Jon,
> Sorry - I realized I had not responded to some of your questions. How is it
> already April 16?
>> How are the DAISY books being read? Do you really
>> need the PC to generate the speech in advance? Could
>> you use the DAISY pipeline to create text-only
>> filesets from your DTBook XML instead of embedding
>> the speech?
> Right now I am looking at a variety of DAISY software applications for both
> Mac and Windows, including free applications as well as vendor-based
> solutions. I am leaning toward applications that provide at least some
> method of adding notes/bookmarks and those that support math.
> I would actually prefer not to generate speech and go with text-only DAISY
> books as a lot of students have voices they prefer which differ from what we
> may have. There is no appetite for portable DAISY devices unless it works
> on an iPhone or iPad touch, so for now, text-only would be the likely
> I did play with the Pipeline a bit, but it was not always working as
> expected (results were sometimes inconsistent) and some players would open
> the DTBook XML file, but were not happy with the DAISY text-only file. A
> bit weird, but it was also likely small differences in the authoring of the
> document (I am using some legacy materials to assess how easy it would be to
> convert those to DAISY). That being said, I have not tried the latest
> version of the Pipeline and will be working on that next week.
> Thanks for your thoughts and ideas.
> Take care,
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