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DTBook

(Digital Talking BOOK) An electronic publishing format for people who cannot access a book due to a visual, mental or physical impairment from The DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) Consortium, Zurich, Switzerland (www.daisy.org).

Superior to continuous analog voice recordings, DTBooks provide users with an eyes-free reading experience and still be able to skim and bookmark interesting passages. Based on the XML and SMIL standards, DTBooks use a navigation system, digitized audio files and additional human narration to allow people to move from page to page and chapter to chapter. DTBooks can be read on a portable playback device or a computer with DAISY software. See XML and SMIL.
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The most commonly accepted file format for publishers' files is emerging as NIMAS (National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard), a subset of the DTBook element set of the ANSI/NISO Z39.8 standard; it is used by American Printing House's Accessible Textbook Initiative and Collaboration (ATIC) project (ATIC, 2004).