Group speaks up about a standard for talking books

Group speaks up about a standard for talking books

The National Information Standards Organization has published a proposed standard for digital talking books.

The proposed standard sets file specifications for digital books recorded for visually disabled readers, with the goal of making different vendors' playback and content management systems interoperable. It also covers authoring tools, players, readers and compliance-testing software. The proposed standard is based on Extensible Markup Language and Synchronized Multimedia Integration Language.

It would define such elements as document types, and navigation and playback features.
NISO said it expects to issue the standard's final version soon.

The proposed standard is posted at www.niso.org/Z3986.html.

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