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Vincenzo Rubano
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officially known as ANSI/NISO Z39.86-2005 (R2012), revision of ANSI/NISO Z39.86-2002 “Specifications for the Digital Talking Book”, DAISY 3.0 is the third major version of a standard that defines the format and content of the electronic file set that comprises a digital talking book (DTB) and establishes a limited set of requirements for compatible DTB playback devices and applications. It uses established and new specifications to delineate the structure of DTBs whose content can range from XML text only, to text with corresponding spoken audio, to audio with little or no text at all.

Books using such format are designed to make print material accessible and navigable for blind or visually-impaired people, or otherwise people with reading difficulties.

Simply put, a DAISY book can combine audio files, text content and XML documents to coordinate their synchronization, define their semantics, and provide all the necessary context to support the requirements that may arise while people with disabilities (whatever they are) read such book, including the information necessary to support both “skimming” and “scanning” the content.

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