Consortium Develops New Accessible Multimedia Tool for the Print Disabled
The DAISY Consortium develops and promotes DAISY (the Digital Accessible Information System), the world's most widely used assistive reading technology for the print disabled. The consortium wanted a solution that could recreate and hopefully exceed the experience of a sighted reader for readers with print disabilities, while enabling content providers to create documents without having to be specialists in the publishing standards for the print disabled. In 2008, the DAISY Consortium released the Save as DAISY add-in for Microsoft Office Word 2007. Using Open XML Formats, Save as DAISY enables users to easily convert Word documents into multimedia publications for the print disabled that are compatible with existing tools and standards.