Z3986 Requirements Gathering

The official requirements gathering activity for DAISY 3 concluded in 2008. Requirements and comments remain available online as detailed documentation of the standard and the development process.

We appreciate the community's active participation and look forward to working with all of you in support of future innovation. If you have questions, please feel free to use the Contact Us form, and choose the 'Standards' category.


The DAISY/NISO Specification and DAISY content offer access to information to those who cannot read standard print publications. The content and the standard provide an opportunity for libraries and organizations that primarily serve persons with disabilities to create and distribute enhanced reading materials that are accessible to everyone, regardless of ability to read print.

Additional arenas in which this technology is well-suited include:

  • Emergency preparedness
  • Language preservation
  • Language training
  • Museum exhibits
  • Radio archives
  • Conference proceedings
  • Analog audio preservation

Open Requirements Gathering Activity

Given our ongoing commitment to promote and participate in standards harmonization, the Consortium opened the requirements gathering process to all interested parties. We continue the impressive worldwide adoption of the Standard, with well over 100,000 unique publications available today, by considering the needs of related organizations in the field, such as the:

The Requirements Gathering process was open from October 31, 2007 through March 31, 2008.