DAISY Consortium's News Brief - # 2016-05a
Enjoy a concise selection of digital publishing news. Our main goal is to inform DAISY Members and Supporters about new e-reading technologies and related developments.

Upcoming Events: eAccessibility Forum, M-Enabling Summit

10th European e-Accessibility Forum in Paris with a focus on the Internet of Things - May 30th, 2016. Program and registration are available at the BrailleNet site.

The 5th edition of the annual M-Enabling Summit Series, scheduled to be held on June 13-14, 2016 in Washington, DC. It will highlight the latest empowering mobile technologies, NextGen innovations and breakthroughs for seniors and persons with disabilities. Register online.

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No Computer - No Problem: Webbox 2 Can Help

Written by Marianne van der Meulen

Websites and apps are now more accessible! But what if you don't have a computer, smartphone or tablet?

On May 3rd, 2016, the European Parliament established an agreement with all member states on rules for the accessibility of websites and mobile apps for individuals with a disability.

This means that online information and services from public sector bodies must be accessible to everyone within the EU, in particular, to those who are blind, partially sighted or hard of hearing.

Increasing functionality is offered on smartphones and tablets for those with a visual impairment. This, of course, is a welcome development as a majority of communications now take place electronically (email, websites), but it is only relevant if you have a computer, smartphone etc. and can use it. A large number of the aging population, however, are being "left out".

Webbox 2

Solutions Radio, the manufacturer of the Webbox - a multi-media online player - has updated its device with many new functionalities to respond to this need. By enhancing the Webbox with new features such as a digital post box, senior citizens can now receive email and electronic newsletters. Numerous websites such as Wikipedia, digital phone directories, yellow pages and the websites of local and regional newspapers are already accessible with the Webbox.

For individuals without a computer or necessary skills, the Webbox is an alternative!

Using audible prompts, the Webbox guides the user through an offering of talking books, newspapers, and magazines, podcasts, favourite radio stations, newsletters, plays, current news as well as emails and websites. No computer is required, only an Internet connection. Press one button to confirm your listening choice.

More information and user stories can be found on the Webbox 2 website.

DAISY TopUp: Add Content to Existing DAISY Audio Books

Written by Prashant Ranjan Verma, prashant.rv(at)gmail.com

In the past I had inquired about a tool that could add content to existing DAISY audio books. Here in India, we were faced with the requirement of including a declaration of exemption under the copyright law in each and every book. Doing this manually would have been a mammoth task as it involves importing the book in a tool like Obi, adding the new audio and then exporting it.

The DAISY Forum of India has created a tool which can do this task automatically and quickly. It can do batch processing which means that it can process any number of books at one go. We have released it to DAISY producing organizations in India and the feedback so far has been excellent.

This tool can automatically insert an audio file in DAISY 2.02 audio-only books produced by any tool e.g. Obi, MyStudio PC or Sigtuna. It can be used to insert the desired audio message e.g. declaration of the name of producing organization, donor, etc. in all of your books in a matter of minutes. The new audio file is added in the TOC with the name Notice.

Note that this tool does not currently work with full-text full audio books or DAISY 3 books (with .opf) file. This tool may be updated in the future to work on these types of books as well. Furthermore, the current version is not working with screen reading software. This compatibility will be included in future versions. The source code will also be made available soon.

Information on how to use this tool is provided below as it may be useful for other DAISY producers around the world.

DAISY TopUp tool can be downloaded from the links given below:

Google Drive

odrive

This is an .exe file. No installation is required. Just download and save this file on your computer. Run it every time you want to insert the notice in DAISY books.

Usage instructions: