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Two Winners Announced for Accessible Books Consortium International Excellence Award
2015-04-15

Cambridge University Press and Bangladesh’s Young Power in Social Action are the joint winners of the inaugural Accessible Books Consortium International Excellence Award for Accessible Publishing.

 

The awards were presented during a ceremony on April 14 at the London Book Fair 2015 as part of its international excellence awards series.

 

Both Cambridge University Press (CUP) and Young Power in Social Action (YPSA) were recognized for providing outstanding leadership and achievements in the advancement of the accessibility of commercial e-books or other digital publications to persons with print disabilities.

 

"We had difficulty finding fault in the shortlisted candidates,’’ said Jens Bammel, Secretary-General of the International Publishers’ Association and member of the selection jury, ‘‘all of the applicants presented us with innovative and important examples of their work in accessible publishing. However, CUP and YPSA displayed fantastic accomplishments in their respective fields and are worthy winners of this award."

 

Cambridge University Press (CUP) – Setting accessibility as the norm


Cambridge University Press is the co-winner of the award. Since 2013, its academic business has entirely redesigned its production workflows to make new titles as accessible as possible for readers with print disabilities. By 2014, 72% of new books were available in accessible formats on or before the print publication date, with a further 12% made available less than two weeks afterwards.

 

Young Power in Social Action – Transforming the lives of print disabled students in Bangladesh


YPSA, based in Chittagong, Bangladesh, has been working since 1985 to bring about positive socio-economic change for the poor and vulnerable in the country. One of the disadvantaged groups with whom they work is the visually impaired, a group consisting of four million people in Bangladesh.

 

Two representatives from YPSA, Mr. Arifur Rahman, Chief Executive and Mr. Vashkar Bhattacharjee, Program Manager, travelled from Bangladesh to London to accept the Accessible Books Consortium award in person.

 

Speaking about the award, Mr. Bhattacharjee, who is himself blind since birth, said that "it is a great honor to receive this award on behalf of YPSA. To be recognized for our work is wonderful and to learn about other initiatives in the field of accessible publishing is inspiring. We hope that we can continue to serve the visually impaired of Bangladesh and look forward to a future free of barriers for all persons with disabilities."

 

YPSA has produced over 600 books in accessible formats. More recently, through funding provided by Australian Aid, YPSA converted over 160 educational books into accessible formats. YPSA organized training for government publishers (who publish school textbooks), commercial publishers and other organizations serving people with print disabilities on the latest accessible publishing techniques so that their future productions can be ‘born accessible’.

 

The Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) is a multi-stakeholder alliance, comprising the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); organizations that represent people with print disabilities; libraries for people with print disabilities and organizations representing publishers and authors. The ABC aims to increase the number of books worldwide in accessible formats – such as braille, audio and large print – and to make them available to people who are blind, have low vision or are otherwise print disabled.

 

A full press release is available on the Accessible Book Consortium website.

Obi 3.7 Offers Enhanced Adaptability
2015-04-11

The DAISY Consortium is pleased to announce the latest release of Obi, the popular open source navigable audiobook creation tool that produces books conforming to the accessible EPUB 3, DAISY 3 and DAISY 2.02 specifications. Version 3.7 makes Obi even easier to configure to meet diverse requirements of different organizations. It introduces the capability to preserve the current preference settings as a profile, which can be ported across workstations and Obi versions in a single step.

 

The enhanced Recording Toolbar simplifies the recording process for users with moderate computer skills. Obi Version 3.7 enables simultaneous export to multiple formats. Other enhancements and important fixes are also included in this release.

 

New Obi also comes in Chinese-Simplified! Thanks goes to China Braille Library for the translation.

We would also like to thank the following organizations for continuously updating the language packs:

  • Association Valentin Haüy in France for French translations
  • Spanish National Organization of the Blind (ONCE) for Spanish translations

Please visit the Obi project area to check out the full list of features and improvements: http://www.daisy.org/obi/.

 

Download Version 3.7 at http://www.daisy.org/obi/download/.

 

The Obi-Tobi team is committed to enriching Obi with new features to keep it abreast with new technologies and making it suitable for the large worldwide user base.

 

First and foremost, we want to serve DAISY members by incorporating the features requested by them to make working with Obi more and more efficient. The DAISY Consortium would like to extend a special thanks to all contributors for their valuable feedback and support.

CEA’s Gary Shapiro to Keynote 2015 M-Enabling Summit on Smarter Living for All
2015-04-08

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the M-Enabling Summit announced Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® as a keynote speaker for the fourth annual M-Enabling Summit.

 

The Summit will take place June 1-2, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. The theme of this year’s event is “Smarter Living for All.”

 

A lifelong proponent of innovation and head of the International CES®, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology, Shapiro will discuss how the latest technology advances and accessibility innovation will transform the lives of seniors and persons with disabilities, and will ultimately benefit all consumers.

 

The Internet of Things, cloud-based solutions, wearable technologies and mobile innovations, are all featured topics at this year’s Summit, and are rapidly transforming the way accessible and assistive technologies are designed and made available to millions of users.

More information and a limited time registration discount are provided on the M-Enabling Summit website.

9th European eAccessibility Forum: Check out the Speakers and Register Now
2015-04-02

The program of the 9th European eAccessibility Forum dedicated to "e-Accessible Knowledge" is now available online.

 

The conference will be held on June 8th, 2015 at the Cité des Sciences in Paris.

 

Madame Axelle LEMAIRE, French Deputy Minister for Digital Affairs, will open the symposium which will bring together speakers from the DAISY Consortium (George KERSCHER), the University of Geneva (Edouard Gentaz), BrailleNet Association (Alex BERNIER), Bookshare/Benetech (Betsy BEAUMON) Design Science (Neil SOIFFER), the University of Birmingham (Volker SORGE), the College de France (Caroline HURON), the National Centre for Distance Learning (Jean Millerat), the University of Edinburgh (Paul NISBET), the Digital Library for the Deaf in Finland (VIVOLIN-Riitta KAREN), the National Library of France (Jean-Philippe MOREUX), and British Museum (Jane SAMUELS).

 

Companies and associations will present innovative solutions during workshops.


Practical Information

The official languages of the conference are English and French. A simultaneous translation French / English and French / English will be provided for all conferences, as well as fast-typing transcription. A lunch served on site is included in the registration fee. The building meets all accessibility standards. You are invited to use the online form to register now.

Accessible Instructional Materials & Technology Summit
2015-03-30

This two day conference in Columbia, Maryland (US) [June 18-19, 2015] will bring together national experts in accessibility issues from the Civil Rights Division, US Department of Justice, the National Federation of the Blind, the United States Access Board and The Association on Higher Education and Disability.

 

The speakers will address the obligations for accessibility of all types of instructional materials. They will also provide ideas for developing an institutional plan for accessibility of instructional materials and technology. Discussions will help clarify how experts can work collaboratively to address accessibility expectations.

 

Speakers include:

  • Eve Hill (U.S. Department of Justice)
  • Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum (Attorney, Brown Goldstein & Levy)
  • Scott Lissner (Association on Higher Education and Disability)
  • Mark Riccobono (President, National Federation of the Blind)
  • Bruce Bailey (Accessibility IT Specialist, U.S. Access Board)
  • Jonathan Lazar (Director of Information Sciences Program, Towson University)
  • Ron Stewart (Managing Consultant for AltFormat Solutions, LLC)

An online registration form and additional information can be found on the Assocation of Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD) website.

13rd Session of the CRPD Committee Opens
2015-03-26

Geneva: The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) opened its 13th session (25 March – 17 April 2015) during which it will review Germany, Croatia, Czech Republic, Turkmenistan, Dominican Republic, Mongolia and the Cook Islands, as well as adopt the list of issues on the European Union.

 

For the first time during its session, the CRPD Committee is including private meetings with DPOs [representative organizations or groups of persons with disabilities] and civil society within its official meeting time in the lead up to country reviews. This reflects the value which the CRPD Committee places on receiving information from DPOs and exchanging with them about the experiences of persons with disabilities and the challenges of CRPD implementation on the ground.

 

These meetings are only open to UN agencies, NHRIs, DPOs and civil society and are not webcast. More information is provided on the Global Accessibility News website.

Published: The Shortlist for the 2015 ABC International Excellence Award for Accessible Publishing
2015-03-16

The shortlist for the 2015 ABC International Excellence Award for Accessible Publishing has been announced. Nominations were judged on their achievements in improving the accessibility of e-books and other digital publications for people with print disabilities.

 

IPA Secretary General Jens Bammel stated: "Due to the range and quality of applicants, the Jury has decided to give two awards: one to publishers and one for NGO initiatives and other services. These shortlisted organisations merit recognition for their successes in making e-books accessible to people with print disabilities. Let's give them the applause they deserve."

Four publishers have been shortlisted:

  • Cambridge University Press
  • Elsevier B.V.
  • HarperCollins Inc.
  • SAGE Publications Ltd.

Four initiatives were also shortlisted:

  • Icontact (Netherlands) for its BooXtream watermarking technology
  • Libri Italiani Accessibili Foundation (Italy)
  • Syndicat national de l’édition (France) for "rentrée littéraire accessible"
  • Young Power in Social Action (Bangladesh) for accessible e-book production

The winners in each category will be announced at the LBF International Excellence awards on Tuesday, April 14th at the London Book Fair.

Obi 3.7 Beta Release: Power Users Requested to Provide Feedback
2015-03-10

Obi is an open source navigable audiobook creation tool that is used to produce digital books conforming to the accessible EPUB 3, DAISY 3 or DAISY 2.02 specifications. Obi's source code is available for anyone to run, modify and redistribute.

 

Obi 3.7 beta release enhances the ease of adapting Obi for workflows of different organizations. It introduces the capability of preserving preferences as a profile. Profiles can be loaded to configure Obi in a single step across workstations and different Obi versions.

 

This latest version enables simultaneous export to multiple formats. It also enhances the functionality of Recording Toolbar with two new buttons along with other enhancements and important fixes.

 

New features and enhancements in the Obi 3.7 beta release include:


The ability to preserve preferences, providing portability across workstations and Obi versions.

Users can save the current preference settings as a custom profile. Preferences in Obi can be configured by importing the saved profile and loading it. This eliminates the need for manual configuration of preferences. It also allows production houses to port settings across computers and Obi versions. Users access this functionality via the Advanced tab of the Preferences dialog.

 

Exporting projects to multiple formats.

The Standards Selection dialog contains check boxes instead of radio buttons enabling multiple selections. This ability extends to the configuration file based export. Users can specify the export standards for the project in the configuration XML file.

 

This release is for power users, please provide feedback and comments. Additional information is provided on the Obi 3.7 beta release page.

Celebrating Open Education Week: March 9-13, 2015
2015-03-09

Open Education Week is an annual celebration of the global open education movement to share ideas, new open education projects and to raise awareness about open education and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Open education encompasses resources, tools and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve education access, affordability and effectiveness. Participation in all events and use of all resources are free and open to everyone. Go to openeducationweek.org to learn more.

New Webbox2 Features Now Available to Customers in the US
2015-03-04

After successful introduction in Europe, especially in the UK as well as the Netherlands, customers in the USA will also benefit from the new features and additional new content on the Webbox2.

Computer is not needed as Webbox2 is a stand-alone web-enabled multimedia (DAISY) player offering access to more than talking books, magazines or newspapers. Audible prompts guide the user through a playlist of books, podcasts, radio stations, newsletters, plays, newspapers, website pages, current news and more.

 

For the US market, access to the NLS BARD reading services is enabled. Spotify and Wikipedia are also in reach. With the rotator dial, users can scroll through the alphabet and “type” a topic they are searching for in Wikipedia. Public information such as newsletters and reports from NFB, ACB and AFB are now made available with one touch of a button.

 

In addition, customers can now have a Webbox2 dedicated email address so that emails sent to the listener can be read out. Once again, access to a computer is not required.

 

Thanks to the built in text-to-speech (TTS) engine, setting up the Webbox2 is simple. Selecting a wireless network and adding a password is now supported by audible prompts. Numerous networks can be stored so if users change their location, they can add a new network and password.

 

Interested individuals were able to see a live demo of Webbox2 at CSUN 2015 (March 4-6) Solutions Radio at stand #121.

DAISY Mailing Lists Currently Not Available
2015-03-02

The host company's server running DAISY mailing lists is down. They are working on fixing the problem.

Discover Dolphin Guide, SuperNova and EasyConverter at CSUN 2015
2015-02-27

Find Dolphin at booths 311 and 410 to discover Dolphin Guide, SuperNova and EasyConverter at CSUN 2015

 

Dolphin Guide allows numbered menus to be enlarged on screen and spoken out loud enabling computer novices to independently scan mail, download and read books from accessible libraries as well as stay in touch with family and friends. 

 

Dolphin SuperNova instantly magnifies, speaks and Brailles titles from a growing list of accessible libraries around the world. With built-in scan and read from paper or PDF, blind and low vision Windows users are never short of something to read. Ask Dolphin about the SuperNova family.

 

Produce audio, Braille and large print from a single source document with Dolphin EasyConverter to improve learning outcomes amongst blind and low vision students. Bringing your alt format production in-house or optimising your transcription workflow is easier than you may think. Ask Dolphin about EasyConverter.

 

Learn how to simplify alternative format production to Support Learning at session EDU-074, Friday, March 6, 2015 - 4:20 PM PST, Gaslamp CD, 2nd Floor, Seaport Tower. More information is provided on the Dolphin Computer Access website.

CSUN 2015 program now available in HTML, EPUB and DAISY 2.02 formats
2015-02-23

Once again, each part of the CSUN program is available for download as a navigable DAISY 2.02 publication in addition to the HTML and EPUB files. An extensive list of software and hardware players for reading DAISY content is provided in the Tools and Services section of the DAISY Consortium website.

 

Download the CSUN 2015 Conference program in HTML, EPUB or DAISY format.

The U.S. Access Board Releases a Proposed Rule Updating the 508 Standards and the 255 Guidelines
2015-02-19

On February 18, 2015, the United States Access Board released a proposed rule updating the 508 Standards and the 255 Guidelines which is available for public comment for 90 days. The Board will hold public hearings on the rule in San Diego on March 5 and in Washington, DC on March 11. It will also conduct a public webinar to review the proposal on March 31. More information is provided on the Access Board website.

Mada Center in Doha Seeking Project Team Members to Develop Arabic Text-to-Speech
2015-02-15

A new project team aiming to develop Arabic Text-to-Speech is seeking two Arabic speaking individuals in Doha with a good grasp of grammar and Arabic phonetics and phonology. Experience in speech technologies is preferred.

 

Responsibilities include the annotation and segmentation of recorded material to create the corpus for a speech segmentation system. This system will be used to create an open source commercial Arabic Voice for text-to-speech.

 

Applicants must be fluent in the Arabic language and able to adequately communicate in English with a project team in the UK.

 

If interested please contact Gabriel Swatzell [Gabriel.swatzell(at)microlinkpc.com].

Benetech Wins a Grant to Improve Literacy for Primary School Students Who Are Blind
2015-02-13

Benetech, a Full Member of the DAISY Consortium, has won a 2015 grant to improve literacy for primary school students who are blind. The new grant, awarded by All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development literacy innovations competition, funded a project to provide Indian students who are blind with mother tongue instruction and reading materials through Bookshare, digital library of accessible books. This supports Benetech’s commitment to extend the benefits of Bookshare across borders to empower individuals with disabilities around the world, especially in developing countries, to live fuller lives. More information is provided on the Benetech website.

Call for Nominations: International Excellence Award for Accessible Publishing 2015
2015-02-06

Today the Accessible Books Consortium issued a public call for nominations for the International Excellence Award for Accessible Publishing 2015.

 

Criteria: This award recognizes outstanding leadership or achievements in advancing the accessibility of commercial e-books or other digital publications to persons with print disabilities. You may nominate either your own organization/company or a third party anywhere in the world and we encourage nominations of companies, organizations or individuals based in developing or least developed countries.

 

Process: The selection process will be overseen by a selection jury under the auspices of the UK Publishers Association’s Accessibility Action Group and representatives of the International Publishers’ Association, the International Authors’ Forum and the Accessible Books Consortium.

 

The deadline for submissions is Monday, February 23, 2015, 12:00 noon, London, UK time. An extension of this deadline may be granted at the discretion of the jury.

 

The awards shortlist will be published by March 31, 2015. The award will be presented at the London Book Fair (LBF) on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, during the scheduled LBF International Excellence Awards.

 

Submission:Please send the following information to secretariat@internationalpublishers.org

  1. Your name, title and contact details. 
  2. Name of the nominated company, organisation or individual, address, and web site.
  3. Using no more than 400 words please describe how this company/organization has demonstrated outstanding leadership or achievements in advancing the accessibility of commercial e-books or other digital publications to persons with print disabilities.

 

More information is provided on the Accessible Books Consortium website.

BISG and ALA Announce Research Partnership
2015-02-05

The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) and the American Library Association (ALA) have announced a partnership to produce a major survey of public library patrons’ use of digital content. The project, Digital Content in Public Libraries, was announced on Sunday, February 1 at ALA's 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

 

“We are delighted to partner with ALA on this study,” said Len Vlahos, BISG's Executive Director. “With BISG’s research expertise and ALA’s reach into the library community, this survey will provide the publishing industry and library administrators alike with invaluable insight into how readers interact with e-books in a library environment.”

 

Keith Fiels, Executive Director of ALA, said, "ALA is particularly pleased to work with BISG on this project. This will be the first study to establish a benchmark - and usage trends - related to the digital reading experience of library patrons.”

 

The survey seeks to understand the behavior of library patrons, including their use of digital resources and other services offered by public libraries.

 

Results from the survey will be first announced at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA, June 25-30, 2015, and a report available for purchase will be published on September 8, 2015, which coincides with National Library Card Sign-Up Month. More information is provided on the BISG website.

Free Webinar: Experience Learning Differences with Kristin Barbour
2015-02-02

Have you ever wondered what having a learning disability is really like for a child?

 

Learning Ally is offering a free 90-minute webinar on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EDT with Kristin Barbour, Executive Director for the National Institute for Learning Development (NILD). She presents participants with a unique exploration of the characteristics of learning disabilities such as dyslexia. Participants will engage in tasks that explore learning activities based on auditory and visual perceptual skills.

 

Research has indicated that auditory and visual discrimination, memory, figure-ground, and attention significantly impact learning. When perceptual vulnerabilities are present students can appear disinterested in learning or worse, choose to engage in inappropriate behaviors in order to shift the focus from their learning challenges.

 

The information attendees will learn in this webinar includes:

  • Identifying three phases of the learning process
  • Recognizing auditory and visual processing skills needed to learn and their impact on classroom performance
  • Differentiating classroom behavioral problems, low motivation, and learning disabilities
  • Learning classroom strategies and home activities to develop processing skills

Register now to attend this free webinar.

Version 2.0 of the DAISY Online Delivery Protocol Now Available for Public Review
2015-01-29

The DAISY Online Delivery Protocol is a web service Application Programming Interface (API) that facilitates the delivery of digital content (Digital Talking Books) from service providers to end users. Links to use cases (articles) are posted to the DAISY Online Delivery Protocol page on the DAISY Consortium website.

 

Version 2.0 of the DAISY Online Delivery Protocol is now available for public review. Comments and questions on the updated protocol are welcome, and details of the process can be found on the project site at https://github.com/daisy/DAISY-Online-Refresh/wiki/DAISY-Online-Protocol-V2.0-Public-Review. The public review is open for 30 days and closes on Saturday, February 28th 2015.

DAISY Members and Friends at ATIA 2015
2015-01-28

The Assistive Technology Industry Association's (ATIA) 2015 Conference is taking place January 27-31, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. The following DAISY Consortium Members and Friends are presenting or have exhibits at the ATIA 2015 Conference:

Conference schedule is available on the ATIA 2015 website.

Version 1.9 of the DAISY Pipeline 2 Now Available for Download
2015-01-22

The DAISY Pipeline 2 is an ongoing project to develop a framework for automated production of accessible materials for people with print disabilities. It is the follow-up and total redesign of the original DAISY Pipeline 1 conversion tool. Version 1.9 of the DAISY Pipeline 2 is now available for download. The following alternative packages are proposed:

  • for Windows users, an installer for the "Desktop Web UI" distribution (.exe file, 89 MB)
  • for Mac OS X users, the "Desktop Web UI" distribution (ZIP, 89 MB)
  • for Linux users, the "Desktop Web UI" distribution (ZIP, 89 MB)

All distributions include the command line tool, all conversion scripts, a native command line tool, and a version of the web user interface that can be run locally as a standalone application.

This release features:

  • a new command line tool, with native executables
  • new schema-based DAISY 2.02 validation script
  • new DTBook to ODT script
  • new EPUB 3 to DAISY 2.02 script (experimental)
  • TTS-narration support in DTBook to EPUB 3
  • audio-only DAISY 2.02 to EPUB 3 conversion aligned with the TIES guidelines
  • and many other bug fixes and improvements

For details, please refer to the full release notes on GitHub.

DAISY Consortium Welcomes the Foundation Access-for-All as a New Friend of the Consortium
2015-01-21

The Swiss Foundation Access-for-All was established in 2000. The “Access for All” foundation is involved in various projects in order to promote the use of assistive technologies for people with disabilities. The “Access for All” foundation staff give presentations, conduct interviews and write for professional journals. More information is provided in their member profile on the DAISY Consortium website.

Now Available for NVDA: Free Evaluation Versions of Acapela TTS Voices
2015-01-21

Now you can download free evaluation versions of Acapela text-to-speech (TTS) Voices for NVDA.

 

The evaluation version is fully functional and provides access to all voices and all functionalities for 15 days. As soon as a license is activated, the evaluation version will turn into a complete version.

 

First, users need to install the Acapela NVDA Speech Companion and then they can install the voices. More information and downloads are available on the Acapela TTS Voices for NVDA website.

9th European e-Accessibility Forum: Register Now
2015-01-10

Knowledge is a key driver of social and economic development. It helps shape individual and collective identity and can be a tool for empowerment and inclusion. In this context, disparities in capacity to access and use knowledge can greatly hinder the development of an inclusive society and become a significant source of inequality. While significant progress has been made through assistive technologies and accessibility standards, persons with disabilities are still at risk of exclusion from education.

 

Access to production, distribution and acquisition tools is therefore of crucial importance in modern society. It is also indicative of how we are able to address the need for access to knowledge for all.

 

if used appropriately, emerging ICTs can help overcome these disparities and greatly enhance access to knowledge for all. The 9th European e-Accessibility Forum: e-Accessible Knowledge on June 8th, 2015 in Paris aims to provide a concrete demonstration of technologies, tools and methods that can improve access to education.

 

The conference is organized in conjunction with the DAISY Consortium Board Meeting and registration is now open. Please go to the 9th European e-Accessibility Forum website to register.

The Union of the Blind and Partially Sighted of Slovenia Celebrates the Opening of New Library Premises
2015-01-06

The Slovenian Library of the Blind and Partially Sighted has been serving people with sight loss since 1918. In 2013, the Union of the Blind and Partially Sighted of Slovenia received funding from the European Social Fund for the renovation project of the library.


This project brings a number of benefits for the people with visual impairments and other social groups in Slovenia: new adopted library materials in accessible formats including DAISY, the introduction of modern technologies and equipment, a number of training courses for users, cultural programs and new premises enabling blind, partially sighted and print disabled citizens to be informed, empowered and equally able to participate in society.

 

Shortly after the opening, the Union of the Blind and Partially Sighted of Slovenia received an important national prize for excellence in communication programs, PRIZMA 2014, which is the highest recognition of this kind in Slovenia. The prize was awarded by Slovenian Association for Public Relations. More information is provided in the European Blind Union newsletter.

M-Enabling Summit 2015: Call for Presentations on Applications, New Services and Case Studies
2015-01-04

Presenters at the M-Enabling Summit (June 1-2, 2015, Washington, DC) include individuals, companies or nonprofit organizations who participate in the Summit and wish to share their solutions for seniors and users of all abilities. Applicants from all countries are welcome. The M-Enabling Summit Program Committee selects presentations featuring applications, mobile web sites, devices, peripherals or services that leverage new mobile technologies, have demonstrated benefits for seniors and users of all abilities and are currently available with documented user experience.

 

92% of the M-Enabling Summit’s participants rate sessions that include hands-on demos and exchange of experiences among the most useful. The Summit is the largest global conference exclusively dedicated to accessible and assistive solutions with participants from more than 32 countries.

 

How to submit? Send a description describing the solution, its benefits, the type of technology, platform, how it is distributed, links to web pages or app stores, media reviews or articles, references from individual customers, educational institutions or organizations serving seniors and users of all abilities who benefit from the solution and any other information including details on user feedback and adoption. More information is provided on the M-Enabling Summit website.

EPUB 3.0 Published as ISO Technical Specification
2014-12-23

EPUB 3.0 was recently published by the International Standards Organization as ISO/IEC TS 30135 (parts 1-7). EPUB 3.0 was submitted to ISOi/IEC JTC 1 SC34 (Joint Technical Committee 1, Subcommittee 34, Document description and processing languages) by the government of South Korea, in cooperation with the IDPF. During the by-country voting and subsequent ballot resolution process, several dozen minor specification issues with EPUB 3.0 reported by ISO experts have been resolved in the latest revision of EPUB, EPUB 3.0.1, which recently became the current version of the EPUB Standard.

 

"IDPF is delighted with the active collaboration with ISO that has led to publication of EPUB 3.0 as ISO TS 30135, as well as improvements in EPUB 3.0.1" said George Kerscher, President of IDPF and Secretary General of the DAISY Consortium. "An ISO designation for the EPUB Standard will further aid global adoption of EPUB, which is designed to deliver on key accessibility mandates". More information is provided on the IDPF website.

Tobi Version 2.4.3 Brings Much Awaited Structure Editing
2014-12-22

DAISY Consortium is pleased to announce the release of the latest version of Tobi, the next generation open source multimedia / book production tool. Tobi can be used to produce full text and audio books compliant with both DAISY 3 specifications as well as the mainstream EPUB 3 (Media Overlays) specifications. It also possesses the unique capability of adding accessibility enhancements, such as image descriptions, to mainstream EPUB 3 publications.

 

The new release introduces one of the most demanded features by DAISY members - structure editing. Users can now edit the structure of the publication during the production workflow. Version 2.4.3 is a test release that marks the first phase of support for structure editing. It is for power users who are familiar with the DTBook and HTML 5 markup.

 

The following structure editing operations are available in this version:

 

  • inserting page breaks
  • deleting the selected fragments
  • cutting, copying & pasting fragments
  • creating elements such as sentences, paragraphs etc.

The new version also presents the improved project cleanup command that now allows for creation of sequenced audio data files with customizable file sizes to reduce response time when the project is loaded from a network, along with regular bug fixes.

 

To learn more about Tobi, please visit the Tobi project area.

 

To download Tobi test builds and learn more about the structure editing feature, please go to http://www.daisy.org/tobi/structure-editing.

 

For more information about what’s new in this release, please visit the change log at http://www.daisy.org/tobi/change-log.

 

This release will be followed by commencement of Phase 2 of structure editing, which will include more advanced commands, and application of constraints to prevent the creation of invalid structure.

 

The Tobi team would like to thank all Tobi project contributors and supporters. We are looking forward to your suggestions and bug reports which can be submitted at http://www.daisy.org/forums/tobi.

DAISY Consortium Releases Obi 3.6 with the Advanced Features Requested by the DAISY Production Centers
2014-12-17

The DAISY Consortium is pleased to announce the latest release of Obi, the popular open source navigable audiobook creation tool that is used to produce books conforming to the accessible EPUB 3, DAISY 3 and DAISY 2.02 specifications. Obi's source code is available for anyone to run, modify and redistribute.

 

Obi 3.6 brings an incremental release that includes advanced features requested by DAISY members. It introduces the capability to export books in newer audio formats (MP4, AMR, and 3GP). Updated Obi enables integration with the existing production management software of DAISY Consortium members via the configuration file.

 

Other enhancements include the ability to perform operations on multiple sections simultaneously and create sequenced audio data files with customizable file sizes during project cleanup to reduce response time when the project is loaded from a network. Other miscellaneous improvements and bug fixes are also included in this release.

 

New Obi comes with Chinese (Traditional) language pack. Thanks goes to The Hong Kong Society for the Blind and Keny Yuen for the translation. We would also like to thank Hannu Tiihonen for updating the Finnish language pack.

 

Please visit the Obi project area to check out the full list of features and improvements: http://www.daisy.org/obi/.

Download Version 3.6 at http://www.daisy.org/obi/download/.

 

The Obi-Tobi team is committed to enriching Obi with new features, bringing it in sync with the upcoming technologies. First and foremost, we want to serve DAISY members by incorporating the features requested by them to make working with Obi more and more efficient.

 

The DAISY Consortium would like to extend a special thanks to all contributors for their valuable feedback and support.

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