Save your Word documents in DAISY format and create your own talking book

I was interested to see this article the other day about a new technology we’ve announced  to help people who can’t see too well and would prefer things to be read out using text to speech.  This add in allows you to translate Open XML documents into DAISY XML (the standard for talking books).  It creates a digital audio file which maps to a text file with the XML structure marked up.  There’s information on the translator at the

openxml community site



Word 2007, 2003 and XP formats are supported.  All you need to do is open the document, and select the Save as DAISY option which then converts the document into a format for Braille and text to speech synthesizers.


This is amazing stuff.  Very empowering indeed.  And all from Word…