DAISY DTB Production Training at Porto, Portugal - 1-5 March, 2010

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UMIC – The Knowledge Society Agency of the Ministry of Education, Government of Portugal arranged a DAISY digital talking book production training for representatives of various universities in the University of Porto premises. UMIC had earlier requested the DAISY Consortium for the training and this event was a result of the subsequent planning done by Mr. Dipendra Manocha, Training and Technical Support Coordinator at the DAISY Consortium with UMIC staff Mr. Jorge Fernandes and Ms. Cláudia Cardoso.

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Mr. Prashant Ranjan Verma, Consultant – Training and Technical Support with the DAISY Consortium and Mrs. P. Sreeja an experienced DTB producer conducted this five days training. For the first time Dolphin Publisher was used in such a training. This professional DAISY authoring tool from the DAISY friend Dolphin Computer Access was chosen for the training considering the requirement of full text books and availability of this tool with the host organizations. The participants were also given an orientation of the Save As DAISY add-in and DAISY Pipeline during the training.

Eighteen participants from five different organizations attended the training. The participants included university staff entrusted with accessible formats content production, e-learning project staff and students of multimedia course who are expected to keep accessibility in mind while producing digital content. Two participants were persons with low vision who used screen magnifiers during the hands-on sessions.

The participants produced as many as eight DAISY books each of various types using different tools during the training. Full text books with Portuguese content was also produced with human voice as well as text to speech. The trainees also practiced markup of skippable content in the DAISY books such as footnotes and producer notes.

At the end of the training, a resource CD was given to all participants. This CD contains training material & softwares useful for DAISY production & playback and the following:

  • HTML slides on every aspect of DAISY
  • Manuals & Notes on authoring and playback tools
  • Sample DAISY Books & Documents for Practice
  • Free DAISY Production & Playback Tools & Related Resources
  • Links for software updates and
  • Links for Technical Support (Forums, mailing list, newsletter and email IDs)
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