The focal point in Bangladesh was established in October 2005.

DAISY for All Workshop in Bangladesh

April 30 - May 1 2005 Chittagong, Bangladesh
Hiroshi Kawamura and Dipendra Manocha facilitated a DAISY introduction workshop arranged by YPSA,Young Power in Social Action, in Bangladesh.

DFA Focal Point Training in Bangladesh

Chittagong, Bangladesh
October 10 - 15, 2005
Conducted by Prashant Ranjan Verma, Roslina Che Lah and Miki Azuma
Assisted by Dipendra Manocha


The training was undertaken with the aim of achieving the following goals:

  • Ability of participants to use DAISY production tools to create DAISY 2.02 digital talking books
  • Ability of participants to create DAISY 2.02 files


  • Some exposure to or familiarity with, or knowledge of DAISY.


  • Understanding of the scope, usability and functionality of the DAISY technology
  • Understanding of basic XHTML
  • Understanding of NCC-Only and Full-text production workflow, techniques and tools
  • Understanding of the DAISY DTB fileset

List of the participants



Vashkar Vattracharjee Young Power In Social Action (YPSA)
Monoj Kumar Barua Young Power In Social Action (YPSA)
MD. Habibul Islam International Islamic University Chittagong
MD. Abdus Samad Government School For The Blind
MD. Rasel Bangladesh Protibandhi kallyan Somity(BPKS)
MD. Rashed –Ujjaman Chowdhury UTSA
MS. Masuma Akther Center for Differently Able (CDA)
Shirin Akther Vocational Training Center for The Blind (VTCB)
Shaheda Khanom Naly Young Power In Social Action (YPSA)
Debobrato Chakraborty (Debu) Young Power In Social Action (YPSA)


This training course focused on NCC only production using MyStudio PC and Sigtuna DAR 3 and full text production using Sigtuna DAR 3.

There were 10 participants including 6 visually impaired in this training representing 7 different organizations from Dhaka & Chittagong.

Most of the participants were able to create at least 3 different DTBs during this training. However, there were quite large number of people who were not really familiar with the usage of the computer, the content of the training course was needed to be ajusted during the training period. The biggest adjustment was to have a small group of people in the different room doing the XHTML markup session while others practiced NCC only project in the training room. It was decided since a lot of people had a problem with operating the computer and more time would be needed for the practice on the XHTML markup while we only had a limited time.

For this training course, after all the materials were prepared, Prashant took the most of the part in the training. Also, Roslina who participated in the Focal Point Training in Malaysia and the International Trainer's Training took a part in MyStudio PC session. There were 6 visually impaired people who needed a lot of help and Roslina assisted those people quite nicely. Since it was her first time actually training others in English, she tended to be a bit fast and not clear sometimes but it would have been a good experience for her.

With this report, there are three documents attached.

  1. Report on DFA FPT in Bangladesh by Prashant [DFA_FPT_Bangladesh_Report_Prashant.doc]
  2. Report on DFA FPT in Bangladesh by Roslina [DFA_FPT_Bangladesh_Report_Roslina.doc]
  3. Full Training Evaluation by participants [dfafpt_evaluation_bangladesh.txt]
  4. Summary of Training Evaluation by participants [dfafpt_evaluation_bangladesh_summary.txt]
  5. Evaluation on Participants by Trainers [evaluation_participants_bangladesh.xls].

The course outline follows.

Course Outline

  • Introduction of the Trainees & Trainers
  • Course Goals, Prerequisites and Outcomes
  • Course Documentation
Introduction to DAISY Digital Talking Books
  • The DAISY Consortium
  • DTB functionality overview
  • User groups and use scenarios overview
  • Playback tools overview
DAISY DTB Production
  • DAISY DTB Production Tools
  • Workflow and Project Management
NCC-Only DTB Production
  • Book Structure, Brief overview
  • Introduction to MyStudio PC
    • Create ToC only book: "About Myself"
    • Direct Recording in MyStudio PC
    • Editing
    • Build Book
  • NCC only Production: Text Import
  • Sigtuna DAR 3
    • Main screen overview and functions
    • Project set up
    • Phrase detection & Recording settings
    • Audio calibration
    • Recording
    • Editing
    • Practice: Produce DAISY 2.02 NCC (type 2) book - using the Introduction to DAISY document
    • Project Cleanup
    • Metadata
    • Quality Assurance (QA Player)
    • Wave Import
    • Display options
    • Tape Transfer - using Skill with people book
    • Wave Import - using Stories for Children
Introduction to XHTML
  • The XHTML language; hands on practice markup and validation
  • The different elements
  • The prologue or the header
Sigtuna DAR 3: Producing a Full Text DAISY DTB
  • Project set up
  • Recording
  • Editing
  • Installing external encoders
  • Audio Compression
  • Export (Build a project)
  • Encoding all the projects
DTB Validation and Migration
  • Daisy 2.02 Validator
  • Daisy 2.02 Regenerator
  • Regeneration and validation of all projects
CD creation and Playback in different software
  • CD creation
    • discinfo.html
    • Multi-volume CD
Review, Questions and Answers
Filling up of Evaluation Forms