NISO Standard Offers Microsoft Plug-In for the Blind and Print-Disabled

May 16, 2008

The National Information Standards Organization's (NISO) Specifications for the Digital Talking Book (ANSI/NISO Z39.86) is at the center of a new downloadable plug-in to provide feature-rich, structured information to persons who are blind or print disabled, as well as to assist in the creation of e-books. Microsoft Corporation worked in collaboration with the DAISY Consortium, maintenance agency for the DAISY/NISO standard. The result is "Save As DAISY," which converts Open XML-based word processing documents into DAISY XML. The audio is synchronized with the textual content and images and also supports multiple outputs, such as Braille and large print.