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

Liddy Nevile liddy at sunriseresearch.org
Fri Nov 16 08:40:47 AEDT 2007

Linkers might be interested in the work HiSoftware has done to help  
make Microsoft output accessible for the Web. I don't know all the  
details but they are sponsoring the OZeWAI 2007 Conference and will  
be talking about it and what is still needed at that conf. HiSoftware  
do not make open source software but they do make software that is  
suitable for large website accessibility management - auditing for a  
number of purposes and delivering results as metadata.



On 16/11/2007, at 8:23 AM, Jan Whitaker wrote:

> 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.
> Jan
>> 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
>> blind
>> 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
>> XML-based
>> documents into DAISY XML, the foundation of the globally accepted  
>> Standard
>> for reading and publishing navigable multimedia content.
>> The Board, membership and staff of the DAISY Consortium welcome this
>> opportunity
>> 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:
>> http://www.daisy.org/news/newsletters/planet-2007-11.shtml
>> DAISY News item: http://www.daisy.org/news/index.shtml#newsitem339
>> Microsoft Press Release:
>> http://www.daisy.org/news/attachments/MS-Save-As-DAISY- 
>> pressrelease.doc
>> Microsoft Press Pass Feature:
>> http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2007/ 
>> nov07/11-13daisy.mspx
>> Video interview With Markus Gylling, DAISY Consortium International
>> Technical Development Coordinator and Reed Shaffner, Microsoft  
>> Office Team
>> http://www.mseventseurope.com/teched/07/itforum/news/Pages/day2.aspx
>> 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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