NISO seeks comment on digital book standard

NISO seeks comment on digital book standard

By Kevin McCaney

GCN Staff

FEB. 20'The National Information Standards Organization has published a proposed standard for digital talking books and is accepting public comment until March 20.

The proposed standard, published Friday, is based on Extensible Markup Language and Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language. It would define such things as document type definitions, and navigation and playback features.

Digital talking books are the logical successors to audiotape books for the blind and other users. Digital versions will add search, indexing and other functions to the books.

The Library of Congress is sponsoring the process to develop the standard. NISO said it will incorporate appropriate comments into the standard's final version, which it expects to finalize in May.

The proposed standard is available at www.niso.org/Z3986.html. Public comments can be sent by e-mail to the committee chairman, Michael Moodie, at mmoo@loc.gov.


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