[AI] About DAISY

Sandeep Kaler sandeepkaler_25 at yahoo.co.in
Thu Jul 8 11:30:22 EDT 2010



We would like to provide the information about daisy standard and daisy 



In the DAISY Way, a single source document is prepared on the computer. From 
this source document, all accessible formats such as Braille, Talking book, 
large print book or the e-text book can be prepared in matter of minutes.


Reading experience of DAISY Book is rich in features such as:

·         jumping to any page of the book

·         jumping to next or previous chapter or sub-section

·         moving to next or previous sentence

With all these features the book can be read in following ways:

·         Braille book printed on paper or on refreshable Braille display

·         DAISY Talking books can be played on CD players, mobile phones, 
computers, flash memory players such as I-Pod, etc

·         Large print can be read on the computer screen or on paper

·         E-text can be read out on computer by even free of cost screen 
reading software

The alternative formats to print are:

1.     Braille

Braille Production: The computerization of the Braille production has been 
accepted method in all parts of the world.

2.     Talking Books

Talking Books: The Digital recording provides in numerable benefits the 
analog recording and therefore digital talking books recorded using PC and 
stored on CD are becoming common in the developed world. Efforts are also 
being made to provide the benefits of this technology to the developing 

3.     E-text

E-text: The screen reading software loaded on a PC becomes an excellent 
reader of electronic text, which is easy to produce and distribute among 
persons with blindness or print disabilities.

4.     Large Print

Large Print: The electronic text can be viewed as large print on a PC and 
the large font printing of the book in e-text has made large print 
production easier than ever before.

The DAISY Forum of India (DFI) is working for "The Print Disabled" which is 
defined  seperately  in different states. It may be defined as the inability 
to access print due to a visual, perceptual, or physical disability. 
Examples of print disabled include persons with blindness, low vision, 
learning disabilities, and the inability to hold a book. Other groups like 
aged persons, persons with cerebral palsy, illiterates are also likely to 
benefit from DAISY.


More information on Daisy Consortium is available on its official website - 

Daisy playback Tools:

So many softwares and hardwares are available in the market which can read 
the daisy books , a few of them are  given below:

AMIS: it is open source software. To download visit:


FS reader: This software is available free with Jaws 11

TPB Reader: This software is also  easily available.

Buddy: This is a portable light weight hardware which can play daisy books 
and  is available with WWW.saksham.org

Angel : This is a portable player  which sports daisy as well as e-text 

Victor Reader Classic: It is another portable devise, to read the daisy and 
e-text books.

In case of any other clarification, you can talk directly with the  NAB 
Assistive Technology Helpline Team at the following address::

011 64556968

E-mail: helpline at nabdelhi.org

website: www.nabdelhi.org

Sandeep Kaler,
Project Manager & DAISY Consultant

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