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NIMAS Exemplar 10: Exemplar and Conversion Project: All About Coyotes

This exemplar contains a series of filesets ranging from baseline NIMAS 1.1 source files to complex output versions.  Its purpose is to demonstrate a variety of possible products available from a NIMAS fileset with varying levels of additional mark-up. Several versions are currently provided in the series, each with different features, suitable for different uses.  Additional versions will be posted in the future, including Braille-format files.

The content of this exemplar series should not be re-posted to other sites, nor may it be sold for commercial purposes. Organizations wishing to make this content available to others may link to this page in order to obtain the most current versions. Questions about this exemplar should be addressed to aem@cast.org.

First posted on 09/17/08. Last updated on 02/26/09.

CAST UDL Editions Version

This version is the most complex in the series and includes leveled supports; a multimedia glossary; value-added activities and resources; a TextHelp Toolbar for text-to-speech, highlighting and gathering, and other features; and translations between English and Spanish. It is hoped that schools may one day be able to purchase such versatile UDL versions directly from K–12 publishers.

Baseline NIMAS 1.1 Exemplar

The baseline NIMAS 1.1 files comprise the basic NIMAS fileset that would be submitted by an educational publisher. There are two baseline sets provided: the first set includes images at 72 dpi and the second set includes a set of images at 300 dpi. Images for this selection were originally created at 72 dpi for use in online environments. They have been scaled up to 300 dpi for additional uses. Download the set that reflects desired output product(s) from this source.

These exemplars include the following, one for each set:

  • NIMAS 1.1-conformant XML source file
  • OEBPS 1.2-compliant package file (NIMAS OPF file)
  • -.pdf file of title/copyright pages [created for use in providing a fully compliant set of NIMAS files, as original content was never commercially published]
  • images [72 dpi set; 300 dpi set]

Download NIMAS 1.1 Exemplar 10 with 72 dpi image set

Download NIMAS 1.1 Exemplar 10 with 300 dpi image set

The baseline NIMAS 1.1 fileset validates to the NIMAS v1.1 Technical Specification, the DAISY2005 DTD, the oebps 1.2 specification, and the NIMAC validator.

National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS)

A technical standard used to produce XML-based source files for print-based educational materials.

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Text-to-Speech (TTS)

Artificial production of human speech, using special software and/or hardware.

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Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Framework of learning and teaching, resisting one-size-fits-all approach. Encourages offering multiple means of representation, expression, and engagement.

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dpi (dots per inch)

Standard measurement for image resolution.

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XML (EXtensible Markup Language)

Universal format for structured documents and data. Set of rules, guidelines, and conventions for designing text formats for data.

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Package File

Identifies all other files in a publication and provides descriptive and access information about them.

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PDF (Portable Document Format)

Universal computer file type used to exchange and view documents on any computer with Adobe Acrobat or Foxit Reader software installed.

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Document Type Definition (DTD)

Discrete set of XML tags, targeted at a particular type of application.

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National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC)

Central national repository established at American Printing House for the Blind to store, validate, maintain and disseminate NIMAS filesets.

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Conversions to HTML and XHTML

HTML Extension Fileset

These HTML files have been converted from their XML versions by changing their extension.Please see the XHTML version for a true HTML file that validates to the XHTML 1.0 Transitional DTD. The image set provided in this zip file contains 72 dpi images since HTML outputs are intended for on-screen use (where 72 dpi images are typically used).

Please note: The primary use of an ext-only HTML file is in order to view content and images in a browser to ensure that it is complete and accurate as an aid to production. It is not a student-ready version and should not be used as such. To create an ext-only version, change the file extension from -.xml to -.html and add a reference to a css file within <head>. (The css reference must match the css stylesheet filename.) Include a base css file within the fileset folder and open the ext-only document in a browser.

The HTML extension fileset includes the following:

  • NIMAS 1.1 HTML ext.-only content file
  • images
  • css stylesheet

Download HTML Extension Fileset

The following software applications (free or commercial) are among those able to process the ext-only HTML fileset according to their own features and capabilities:

  • ClaroRead Plus 2.5
  • EasyReader
  • Firefox with CLiCKSpeak
  • JAWS
  • Kurzweil 3000
  • Read:OutLoud
  • Read & Write GOLD
  • Window-Eyes
  • ZoomText

XHTML Fileset

This XHTML validates to the XHTML 1.0 Transitional DTD. Its mark-up differs from that of the HTML extension-only files. The XHTML fileset includes the following:

  • XHTML content file
  • images
  • css stylesheet

Download XHTML Fileset

The following software applications (free or commercial) are among those able to process the XHTML fileset according to their own features and capabilities:

  • AMIS
  • ClaroRead Plus 2.5
  • EasyReader
  • Firefox with CLiCKSpeak
  • JAWS
  • Kurzweil 3000
  • Mobipocket Reader [tested on PC, not portable device]
  • Read:OutLoud
  • Read & Write GOLD
  • Window-Eyes
  • ZoomText

NIMAS Conversion Tool HTML Version

This HTML version was created using the NIMAS Conversion Tool.  It includes HTML files in leveled segments.

The HTML fileset includes the following:

  • HTML level segment files
  • images
  • css stylesheets

Download NIMAS Conversion Tool HTML Version

The following software applications (free or commercial) are among those able to process the NIMAS Conversion Tool HTML output according to their own features and capabilities:

  • ClaroRead Plus 2.5
  • Firefox with CLiCKSpeak
  • JAWS
  • Kurzweil 3000
  • Read & Write GOLD
  • Window-Eyes
  • ZoomText

HTML (HyperText Markup Language)

Non-proprietary markup language based on SGML. Created and processed by a wide range of tools from simple to complex.

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Cascading Style Sheet (CSS)

Provides the capacity to separate the layout and style of a web page from the content.

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Conversions to Braille

For the following Braille examples, Braille 2000 is able to process the output according to its own features and capabilities.

EasyConverter Braille 2000 Version

This Braille version was created using Dolphin's EasyConverter software.

The Braille 2000-format fileset includes the following:

  • -.aux file
  • -.brl file

Download EasyConverter Braille Version

CASC Braille2000 Version

This Braille2000 version was created as ABT format using Computer Application Specialties Company's Braille2000 software. The version of Braille2000 software used was the Evaluation Version, Document Processing Edition. Consequently, this sample output file contains markers indicating that it was created by an evaluation version of Braille2000.

The Braille2000 output version includes the following:

  • ABT file

Download Braille2000 Version

 

Conversions to Other Outputs

Adobe Acrobat PDF Version

This Adobe Acrobat PDF version was generated automatically from an RTF output file with images and has no additional tagging.

Download PDF Version

The following software applications (free or commercial) are among those able to process the PDF version according to their own features and capabilities:

  • Adobe Digital Editions
  • Adobe Reader
  • Firefox with PDFAloud
  • JAWS
  • Kurzweil3000
  • Mobipocket Reader
  • PDFAloud
  • Read:OutLoud
  • Read & Write GOLD
  • ZoomText

DAISY Pipeline EPUB Version

This ePub format version was created automatically using the DAISY Pipeline (based on the Eclipse Rich Client Platform) digital book converter. More information is available from the DAISY Consortium.

Download DAISY EPUB Version

The following software applications (free or commercial) are among those able to process the EPUB version according to their own features and capabilities:

  • Kindle
  • Mobipocket Reader
  • Sony Reader
  • Stanza (PC/MAC; iPhone, iTouch)

DTBMaker Version

This DTB version was generated automatically using the online version of DTBMaker, a digital audio book converter that includes audio and text with a highlighting feature.

The DTBMaker version includes the following:

  • -.lex, -.smil, -.css, and other files
  • ncc.html file
  • -.mp3 files

Download DTBMaker Version

The following software applications (free or commercial) are among those able to process the DTBMaker version according to their own features and capabilities:

  • AMIS
  • Firefox with CLiCKSpeak
  • gh Player 2.2
  • JAWS
  • Kurzweil 3000
  • Read & Write GOLD

Duxbury NimPro Format Version

This NimPro file was created using Duxbury's NimPro 1.0 software, designed to convert a NIMAS file into a format that can be easily converted into Braille.

The Duxbury NimPro format version includes the following: -.nimpro format file (with embedded images)

Download Duxbury NimPro Version

The following software applications (free or commercial) are among those able to process the Duxbury NimPro version according to their own features and capabilities:

  • Duxbury Braille Translator
  • MegaDots

EasyConverter DTB Output Version

This DTB was created using Dolphin's EasyConverter software.

The EasyConverter DTB fileset includes the following:

  • -.html, -.mp3, -.smil files
  • XML file
  • images

Download EasyConverter DTB Version

The following software applications (free or commercial) are among those able to process the EasyConverter DTB output according to their own features and capabilities:

  • EasyReader
  • Firefox with CLiCKSpeak
  • ghPlayer
  • Read&Write GOLD
  • ZoomText

EasyConverter Large Print Version

This LP version was created using Dolphin's EasyConverter software.

Download EasyConverter LP Version

The following software applications (free or commercial) are among those able to process the EasyConverter LP version according to their own features and capabilities:

  • JAWS
  • Read&Write GOLD
  • WindowEyes
  • ZoomText

EasyConverter MP3 Audio Version

This MP3 version was created using Dolphin's EasyConverter software.

The EasyConverter MP3 fileset includes the following:

  • MP3 files
  • M3U file

Download EasyConverter MP3 Audio Version

The following software applications (free or commercial) are among those able to process the EasyConverter MP3 version according to their own features and capabilities:

  • Audacity
  • RealPlayer
  • QuickTime

EasyConverter Text Version

This text version was created using Dolphin's EasyConverter software.

Download EasyConverter Text Version

The following software applications (free or commercial) are among those able to process the EasyConverter text version according to their own features and capabilities:

  • Firefox with CLiCKSpeak
  • JAWS
  • Read:OutLoud
  • Read&Write GOLD
  • WindowEyes

gh PLAYER DTB Output Version Files

This DTB version was generated automatically using the gh PLAYER software (now called ReadHear for PC and Mac).  It retains gh’s default formatting.

The gh PLAYER DTB fileset includes the following:

  • -.log, -.ncx, -.opf, -.smil, and -.res files
  • XML file
  • images

Download gh PLAYER Version

The following software applications (free or commercial) are among those able to process the gh PLAYER DTB version according to their own features and capabilities:

  • EasyReader
  • ReadHear for PC and Mac
  • Kurzweil 3000

Kurzweil 3000 KES Output Version

This KES version was created using Kurzweil 3000 software demo.  Kurzweil imports files and creates a proprietary KES format file for use with the software.

The Kurzweil 3000 version includes the following:

  • KES file

Download Kurzweil3000 Version

Kurzweil3000 is able to process the Kurzweil 3000 KES version according to its own features and capabilities.

Read:OutLoud 1.1 Version

This Read:OutLoud version was created using Don Johnston’s SOLO Read:OutLoud software. Don Johnston also has a free Bookshare Edition of its Read:OutLoud software for use by qualified students, but because of a Bookshare website change, you must follow the workaround instructions to use the Read:OutLoud Bookshare Edition.

Download the Read:OutLoud Version

SOLO Read:OutLoud is able to process the Read:OutLoud version according to its own features and capabilities.

EPUB

Distribution and interchange format standard for digital publications and documents.

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Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY)

Technical standard for producing accessible and navigable multimedia documents.

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Digital Talking Book (DTB)

Digitally encoded files containing audio portions and full text to increase quality and availability of information to print-disabled persons.

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Audio

Digital form or representation of a sound which may be used for non-visual access to text and images.

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NCX

Navigation control file for XML. Provides global navigation of digital work for each structural element.

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