What is the DAISY Consortium?

What is the DAISY Consortium?

Hi there. I am John Bond from Riverwinds Consulting
and this is Publishing Defined. Today I am going to talk about the DAISY Consortium. DAISY stands for Digital Accessible Information
System. The Consortium was founded in 1996 and consists
of international organizations committed to developing equitable access to information
for people with a print disability. DAISY is a technical standard for digital
audiobooks, publications, and computerized text. DAISY is designed to be an audio substitute
for print material and is designed for use by people with print disabilities, including
blindness, impaired vision, dyslexia and other conditions. The DAISY format is based on the MP3 and XML. It allows users to search, bookmark, and regulate
the speed of speech, with ease. DAISY provides multiple levels of embedded
navigation for content, including visuals such as images, graphics, and MathML. With DAISY, navigation is enabled within a
hierarchical structure consisting of text synchronized with audio. DAISY has an impressive list of services including
authoring and production tools, conversion tools, hardware playback tools, software playback
tools, mobile applications, text-to-speech, validation tools, and more. With only 10% of all content available in
an accessible fashion, publishers, content creators, libraries, governmental organizations
and other groups would be well advised to become acquainted with DAISY and incorporate
their standards into their workflow. Membership in DAISY will give access to experts,
networking opportunities, and expand an organization’s reach. Most importantly, it is a key step in making
content accessible to a growing (yet underserved) market. I have authored a full report called, “Accessibility
for Publishers: Practical Tips that Demonstrate it is well within reach.” Click on the first link in the notes below
to get the free report. Well that’s it. I am a publishing consultant and work with
associations, publishers, and individuals on a host of content related challenges. Reach out to me at RiverwindsConsulting.com
with your questions. Hit the Like button below if you enjoyed this
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click here to see my video about accessibility. And make comments below. Thank so much and take care.

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