[LINK] Fwd: VIP-L: Fwd: Details concerning the Microsoft Save as DAISY XML

Jan Whitaker jwhit at melbpc.org.au
Fri Nov 16 08:23:52 AEDT 2007

Linkers may find this announcement interesting, particularly if you 
are concerned with accessibility for persons with vision impairments. 
If you haven't come across DAISY, it's worth some familiarisation.

>To: dtb-talk at nfbnet.org
>Dear All,
>Sorry for the cross posting.
>Here is authoritative information concerning the announcement:
>On November 13, 2007,  Microsoft Corp. and the Digital Accessible
>Information SYstem (DAISY) Consortium announced a joint standards-based
>development project that will make it possible for computer users who are
>or print disabled to make better use of assistive technology in their daily
>lives. A reference model for other Open XML solution providers, this open
>technical collaboration project on SourceForge.net will yield a free,
>downloadable plug-in for Microsoft Office Word that can convert Open
>documents into DAISY XML, the foundation of the globally accepted DAISY
>for reading and publishing navigable multimedia content.
>The Board, membership and staff of the DAISY Consortium welcome this
>to collaborate with Microsoft and we look forward to the release of "Save As
>DAISY XML" early next year.
>Additional information is available on the DAISY Web site and from
>Microsoft. Important links are:
>The DAISY Planet newsletter:
>DAISY News item: http://www.daisy.org/news/index.shtml#newsitem339
>Microsoft Press Release:
>Microsoft Press Pass Feature:
>Video interview With Markus Gylling, DAISY Consortium International
>Technical Development Coordinator and Reed Shaffner, Microsoft Office Team
>For additional information please contact:
>*George Kerscher, Secretary General, DAISY Consortium, (406) 549-4687, (406)
>544-2466 (cell), kerscher at montana.com
>*Lynn Leith, Head of Information Services, DAISY Consortium, (905) 304-9398,
>lynn.leith at gmail.com

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