MathDaisy enables you to save documents in the DAISY Digital Talking Book format. Students with disabilities can then use MathPlayer-enabled DAISY player software to read your classroom materials in the manner that best suits their abilities and preferences.

Daisy Translator Authoring Guidelines

This document provides guidance on how to create an Office Word document to minimize the fidelity losses while translating to DAISY xml.

MathDaisy 1.0

MathDaisy works with Microsoft Word, Microsoft's Save As DAISY add-in, and MathType. As you might guess from its name, Save As DAISY adds a "Save As DAISY" menu item to Word's File menu. This command saves the document as a DAISY Digital Talking Book ready to be used in an eBook reader. MathDaisy enhances the Word-to-DAISY conversion process, converting the equations in the document to MathML as required by the DAISY format.

Many institutions are now requiring teachers, instructors, and lecturers to make classroom materials they create accessible to students with disabilities. In the past, this has been difficult to do, especially for materials containing math. MathDaisy now makes it possible for you to save Word documents containing equations as a DAISY electronic book that can be read by your students using MathPlayer-enabled DAISY player software on a personal computer or a dedicated eBook reader.

What is DAISY?

DAISY stands for Digital Accessible Information SYstem and is a standard for producing accessible and navigable multimedia documents. This includes Digital Talking Books, digital text books, and synchronised audio/text books. DAISY is a globally recognised standard for accessible content and is part of the National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard in America.

Requirements

To save documents as DAISY Books you will need:

  • MS Word XP, 2003 or 2007

  • Microsoft's Save As DAISY add-in for Word (free download)

  • MathDaisy

  • MathType for equation conversion

These components may be installed in any order. Once they are installed, just choose Save As DAISY from Word's File menu to convert the document to a MathPlayer-enabled DAISY Book ready to give to your students.

Information on DAISY for Students

Why do I need a DAISY player?

You might be wondering why you need another tool. And why you can't use your favourite screen reader or other AT software to read a DAISY Book. DAISY is an electronic document format designed specifically for accessibility. Screen readers and most other assistive technology are intended to work with content designed with accessibility as an afterthought. DAISY Digital Talking Books provide navigation, voice synchronised with text, multimedia support, and other features that make it the format of choice for accessible educational content. In short, it will give you a better reading experience. However, you will need a DAISY player to realise that advantage.

Do I need to buy MathDaisy?

MathDaisy is a tool that is used by the teacher or professor to convert educational content and classroom materials into DAISY books for their students. The student does not need MathDaisy at all, only a MathPlayer™-enabled DAISY player.

What is a MathPlayer-enabled DAISY player?

A DAISY player is software that reads a DAISY book. It enables you to navigate the chapters and sections of the book and read its content. However, not all DAISY players handle mathematical equations. Since you are interested in math, this is important to you. MathPlayer adds Design Science's math-to-speech technology to a DAISY player. You should make sure that any DAISY player you purchase is MathPlayer-enabled for the best math reading experience.

Which DAISY player works best?

At this time, the two leading DAISY players both are MathPlayer-enabled:

Even if a DAISY player is MathPlayer-enabled, it may not support all MathPlayer features. Here are the features to look for when shopping for a DAISY player. Some of these may matter to you more than others, depending on your particular abilities and preferences.

  • math display: Display expressions in standard mathematical notation

  • math speech: Speaks math so that it is understandable

  • scalable math: Mathematical expressions draw as clearly as text when magnified

  • sync highlighting: Parts of mathematical expressions are highlighted as the words for that part of the expression are spoken

  • braille support: Mathematical expressions are presented on the refreshable braille display in a mathematical braille code

  • expression navigation: Can navigate the mathematical expression to repeat parts of it or better understand the expression

What do I tell my teacher or professor?

Once you have a MathPlayer-enabled DAISY player, you should request all your classroom materials, textbooks, etc. in the DAISY format. Make sure to say that the math must be accessible, not just the text.


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