Frequently Asked Questions - Production Issues & Processes

When tagging the text for a book, is it okay to specify different fonts or use css (cascading style sheets) in order to have it look more like the printed book or should we stay away from this and let it default to whatever the browser is setup for?

It is fine to use style sheets, but inline fonts should not be used.

We are producing NCC and NCC partial text DAISY books. How can we provide include navigation by paragraph?

During original production in the Advanced Recording window in lpStudio/Pro you have the option to use the "Next Audio" button which will generate a new audio clip (audio event) when this button is selected during recording. As the narrator completes a paragraph the technician (or the narrator, if he or she is working without the aid of a technician) selects the Next Audio button. A new audio event will be generated, corresponding to the paragraph break in the book.

A book produced in this way will provide navigation at the paragraph level in a book that is not a full text production.

When we are generating our distribution masters should we use the same bit rate for all of our books?

Generally speaking, organizations will want their books to fit onto 1 CD whenever possible, facilitating storage, handling and ease of use by the reader, and, keeping costs down.

An organization may wish to set a firm standard for the bit rate used for compressing its distribution masters. In this way the bit rate would be consistent.

Alternatively, an organization may elect to use only as much compression as is required to get the Distribution master (and and therefore the distribution copies) onto 1 CD.

Smaller books can be compressed at a bit rate as high as 160, and the audio quality is very good. The bigger the book the greater the compression (lower the bit rate) required to get it onto 1 CD.

Note that compression rates lower than 160 (numbers greater than 160 in the compression rate drop down menu) may not be supported by all playback software or hardware devices and should therefore not be used.