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NIMAS Files Best Practices

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NIMAS Files Best Practices provides guidance on development of NIMAS filesets that not only validate to the proper specifications but also follow best practices. Implementation of the NIMAS and a corresponding increase in NIMAS filesets and their submission to the NIMAC have brought questions to light regarding practical implementation of the Standard. Several items of interest have been discussed as implementation has progressed, and, best practices—determined by consensus of members of the NIMAS Technical Assistance and Development centers—are outlined. Use of the most current DTD is strongly urged and components of a fileset should be evaluated according to the NIMAS Technical Specification (currently v1.1), a sub-set of the DAISY ANSI/NISO Z39.86 standard.

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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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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Document Type Definition (DTD)

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

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Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY)

Technical standard for producing accessible and navigable multimedia documents.

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ANSI/NISO Z39.86

Format and content of an electronic fileset, comprising a digital talking book and requirements for playback devices.

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