Frequently Asked Questions - General

If I am on a DAISY mailing list, how can I view the archives?

Replace xxx with the name of the mailing list in this URL:

You will be prompted for the email address (your email address that is used on the list) and password if one is required. This is your login to the list server, not the DAISY Web site.

Who produces DAISY books?

Anyone who understands the components of a DAISY book is able to produce content, including individual end-users who have obtained DAISY authoring tools designed for their use. At this time, however, typically libraries serving people who are blind or visually impaired, other nonprofit services, and some commercial companies are the primary content producers.

See 'Book Specifications' in the Tools area.

What is the DAISY Standard?

The DAISY Standard is based on several recommendations of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Currently, these include the Extensible Markup Language (XML) and the Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language (SMIL). Both of these are internationally recognized standards accepted in the technology industry. For more information on the current Standard, see ANSI/NISO Z39.86-2005.

What are the levels of membership in the DAISY Consortium?

A description of the different levels and benefits of membership in DAISY is described on the How to Join page of the Web site.

How can DAISY be used?

Using the DAISY Standard, content creators, such as a library serving people who are blind or visually impaired or a book publisher, can produce accessible and navigable books to meet a variety of reading needs. In general, organizations can:

  • Produce a Digital Talking Book (DTB) that enables a person to navigate through it in a way comparable to how a print book would be used. For example, readers can examine the book by page, section, or chapter, or use a table of contents or an index. In general, this goal may be accomplished by creating a structured text file integrated with a human-narrated audio file.
  • Synchronize an electronic text file with an audio file to provide readers with the choice to examine the text and/or listen to the audio version of it.
  • Generate an electronic braille file from the electronic text used to create the DAISY book.
  • Produce a structured digital ''text-only'' document which can be read with a DAISY software player in combination with a braille display or speech synthesizer.