[Athen] DAISY format and players

Brad Held Brad.Held at ucf.edu
Wed Oct 21 12:24:07 PDT 2015

I remember my first exposure to DAISY files. As a user, not an alternative media producer. It was simple and just worked. On my Victor Vibe and RFBD CD, I just input the page number and wow, it started reading, exact how I wanted it from my Roman history book.

Now, as I look back and know how the magician does his/her tricks, Digital Talking Books (DTB) are very complexed, but work because of DAISY (Digital Access Information SYtem).

Joseph made some great suggestions from the DAISY Consortium website. (beat me to the listserv ☺, but that is the best starting point) I want to make two other suggestions. Learn the anatomy of the DAISY file, what it is made of. The explanation can be long and can be technical, but review DAISY 2.02 Specifications<http://www.daisy.org/z3986/specifications/daisy_202.html>. This document will give you the makeup of the file format. Second suggestion, is use the list of conversion tools and make the file yourself. This gives you the opportunity to use what you just learned. I love Dolphin’s EasyConverter, it is…easy, but I LEARNED the most from using their other product called Dolphin Publisher.

I am sure others can give other suggestions, but DAISY is a much better format than simple MP3 for the audio in our world. So you are on the right track to get more information about it.

Brad Held
Accessible Technology Coordinator
Student Accessibility Services
University of Central Florida
Ferrell Commons 7C, Room 155B
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From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of John Elmer
Sent: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 2:58 PM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network <athen-list at u.washington.edu>
Subject: Re: [Athen] DAISY format and players

As you probably already know, for books available through Learning Ally, they have apps available for both Apple and Adroid mobile devices.


From: athen-list [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman13.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Ganga Harrison
Sent: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 11:40 AM
To: athen-list at u.washington.edu<mailto:athen-list at u.washington.edu>
Subject: [Athen] DAISY format and players

Could anyone tell me where I can find out more about DIASY players and how to create .daisy format?

We currently make Mp3's using Kurzweil and would like to find a better audio on the go option for students.



Ganga Harrison
Accessible Technology Coordinator
Disability Resource Center
gdharris at ucsc.edu<mailto:idees at ucsc.edu>

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