Practical tips for creating and delivering DAISY materials
Tips for creating DAISY books:
- Offer templates/style sheets for making Daisy and Braille documents such as those offered by Dolphin and Technovision.
- Check the chosen journal or books are not already on the Revealweb/RNIB catalogues.
- Get copyright clearance when supporting dyslexic students.
- Break up the process of recording, editing and checking - one hour can seem very long at times!
- Supportive seating, lots of desktop space for equipment and documents, drinks available and rest facilities.
- Quiet - even a small curtain on a blank wall of a cubicle can help the acoustics.
- Use microphones with on/off switches, soft touch keyboards and silent mice - Paresh Raval uses plastic waterproof keyboards.
More Practical Advice:
- More than 250 pages? Put it on 2 CDs. Always back up your work! Pen drives/memory sticks are useful for this.
- Quick audio recordings using for example Plextalk - a microphone is not even essential - check the work carefully
- Combined text with speech and text highlighting using Producer or Publisher.
- Train and constantly review how happy volunteers are with the various technologies.
Before recording think about:
- Embedded images and scientific symbols.
- Items that may not be pronounced as expected, but when adding words to the lexicon/database think how they might impact on other words.
- "Humanise" the text (Paresh Raval), say chapter, page number, where the image will be and what it is. May help to make a digital photo of image and add 'alt tag' description if OCR unsuccessful.
- Use left justification, line breaks and sans serif fonts.
- Online advice pages from the Recording Centre for the Blind at Swansea University (external link)
- Guide to reading and recording from COTIS (external link)