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4th European eAccessibility Forum

eAccessibility of Public Services in Europe

12/04/2010, 9:00 - 18:00
Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie - Paris, France

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Creating Daisy Books with Open Office and Odt2DAISY

Christophe Strobbe (Leuven, Belgium)
KUL, Leuven

Vincent Spiewak (Leuven, Belgium)
KUL, Leuven
vspiewak (at) gmail.com

Speaker's information

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Christophe Strobbe is a researcher specialised in web accessibility; he has been working for the research group DocArch (Document Architectures) of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Leuven, Belgium) since 2001. He has contributed to the European projects VISUAL (2001-2004), IDCnet (2002-2005), BenToWeb (2004-2007), USEM (2007-2010), AEGIS (2008-2011), STAND4ALL (2009-2010) and eGovMoNet (2008-2010), and to a number of university projects with the goal to increase accessibility of the university's ICT infrastructure. During the BenToWeb project he also contributed to the Unified Web Evaluation Methodology (UWEM). He has been a member of W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group (WCAG WG) since April 2005 and co-facilitator of WAI Test Samples Development Task Force (TSD TF) since July 2006.

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Vincent Spiewak started programming as a hobby in 1999. After receiving a Bachelor's degree in Computer Sciences, he began his work towards a Master's degree in Software Sciences & Technologies at University Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris (TA specialty).

He received a Gold Award at SUN Community Innovation Program 2008 for his project odt2daisy (named odt2dtbook in 2008). Vincent Spiewak designed odt2daisy at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven within the framework of the AEGIS project (Open Accessibility Everywhere: Groundwork, Infrastructure, Standards), co-funded by the European Commission and Sun Microsystems.





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odt2daisy is an open-source extension for OpenOffice.org that converts text processing files into digital talking books in the DAISY format (ANSI/NISO Z39.86). Digital talking books make print material accessible to blind or otherwise print-disabled persons. DAISY contains features that allow users to navigate by headings or page numbers, and to have a text version that is synchronised with the audio version. odt2daisy produces both Full DAISY 3 (text synchronised with audio) and DAISY 3 XML (text without audio). For compatibility with older DAISY software, it also supports DAISY 2.02. odt2daisy also supports mathematical content (Mathematical Markup Language). odt2daisy works on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Solaris. For the production of audio, odt2daisy relies on the DAISY Pipeline Lite, an open-source software developed by the DAISY Consortium, the LAME MP3 encoding technology, and the operating system's text-to-speech (TTS) engine(s). The supported languages depend on the TTS engines available on the user's system. On Unix-based systems odt2daisy relies on the open-source eSpeak TTS engine, which supports 27 languages. (eSpeak is now also available for Windows as a SAPI 5 engine.) odt2daisy enables the production of DAISY books with only open-source software, for example Ubuntu Linux, OpenOffice.org, odt2daisy and eSpeak constitute a completely open-source software stack. The next step is the development of an accessibility evaluation and repair add-on for OpenOffice.org in order to ensure that documents produced with OpenOffice.org can be more accessible and serve as a better basis for exporting to other formats such as DAISY, PDF and HTML . Vincent Spiewak started working on odt2daisy at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris, France) and continued the work at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Leuven, Belgium) in the framework of AEGIS, a research and development project co-financed by the European Commission's 7th Framework Programme.

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