Authoring and Interchange Framework (ANSI/NISO Z39.98-2012)
The new American National Standard Authoring and Interchange Framework (ANSI/NISO Z39.98-2012) defines how to represent digital information using XML to produce publications suitable for conversion into different universally accessible formats. The standard is a revision and enhancement of Specifications for the Digital Talking Book (DTB), commonly referred to as the DAISY standard (ANSI/NISO Z39.86-2005(R2012)). The DAISY Consortium is the Maintenance Agency for both standards.
The A&I Framework permits the creation of different content models, each tailored for a specific information resource. It also provides support for new output formats, which can be added and implemented as the need arises. The standard does not impose limitations on distribution formats that can be created from it.
e-text, Braille, large print, and EPUB files can be produced as an output in conformance with the new standard. It provides new possibilities for creating accessible publications for the existing DAISY content consumers. New applications for this standard could include electronic magazines, tutorials for e-learning, text-to-speech rendering for e-readers, and various multimedia publications.
DAISY content providers and device manufacturers need a transition period of several years due to the significance of the changes in the standard compared to ANSI/NISO Z39.86-2005(R2012). The existing DTB standard has been reaffirmed for five years and the A&I Framework was assigned a new standard number (ANSI/NISO Z39.98).
The A&I Framework standard can be of interest to organizations using an XML authoring workflow, publishers of accessible digital content, and agencies interested in creating profiles for new document types to integrate into distribution formats, such as EPUB.
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