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Gerald Schmidt Learning and Teaching Solutions The Open University Embedding automated accessible outputs in open educational resources
Single input, multiple outputs
What happens next? Metadata is extracted and added as DAISY and Dublin Core fields Images are converted and resized Audio and video is copied across and embedded in the document All textual content is recorded using a synthetic voice DAISY Pipeline turns the source document into a full DAISY talking book
DAISY talking books
Unparalleled accessibility Synchronised speech and full text Structure matches the original document exactly Excellent hardware support
Additional choices In order to do justice to the mix of photos, audio, video, interactivity and textual content in our online teaching materials, it is necessary to offer additional outputs Once an automated process is in place, adding further outputs is inexpensive and quick As of this month, these are: –Audio books –ePub (e-ink) –ePub (HTML5) –Mobipocket –Microsoft Word
Audio books Commuter car journey scenario Support for multi-lingual documents Interpreting tables MP3 files tagged with album, artist and track information
ePub ebook (e-ink) Broad industry backing –Sony Reader –Barnes & Noble Nook –Many other reader e-ink devices are set to go on sale this year –Most can display ePub files
Mobipocket ebook This is essentially a variation on the ePub theme, only the supported device is Amazon’s Kindle Text-to-speech support is excellent
Microsoft Word The preferred accessible format for many students with disabilities Close integration with Jaws and Window-Eyes screen-reader software Editing and sharing Word documents is easier for most students than just about any other format
General availability of DAISY and other formats The university-wide roll-out begins in June Alternative outputs for our open educational resources under Creative Commons are set to go live in September All tools used are open source software –DAISY Pipeline (automatic DAISY production) –ImageMagick (image conversion and sizing) –LAME (MP3 encoding) –Ghostscript (EPS handling) What we have added is a thin glue layer calling tools and libraries Available at http://daisydemon.sourceforge.nethttp://daisydemon.sourceforge.net
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