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RE: DAISY reader et al

Personally, I'd be happy with the book in xml format - I can then use
one of the many tools (or write one!) to parse the file and output it
in the format I want. While it has been some time since I spoke to
anyone at O'Reilly, one problem which did exist was that many of their
"older" titles were not in xml format and it was only their newer ones
which were using xml (docbook I think?). 

I think html would possibly be a fairly good format for most - of
course, info/texi would be quite nice <grin>

DPawson@rnib.org.uk writes:
> Tim wrote:
> > O'Reilly is perhaps the most supportive publisher I found with respect
> > to providing their texts in a format suitable for the blind/vision
> > impaired. Essentially, they have a policy of providing any of their
> > books in text format to blind/vision impaired if the book is not
> > already available in an accessible format (e.g. available on CD-ROM,
> > tape, braillle etc).
> Re the formatting, I'm sure it could be improved if they knew
> what was wanting.
> I too have had an XML formatted book for them which we converted
> to braille.
> Their internal working format is XML, so it should be easy
> enough to derive a good plain text format.
> Any suggestions for format which would be acceptable to most?
> E.g.
> Line length, chapter markers etc? toc present or not?
> Regards DaveP, an O'Reilly author.
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