Microsoft Office “Save as DAISY XML”

On Wednesday, May 7, Microsoft and The Digital Accessible Information SYstem (DAISY) Consortium ( will announce the general availability of the new “Save as DAISY XML” add-in for Microsoft Office Word. 

This free, downloadable XML-based add-in, available at, will make it possible for Microsoft Office Word (including XP, 2003 and 2007) users to convert Open XML-based content into DAISY XML, the universal standard format used for reading and publishing digital talking books. The add-in offers significant benefits to users with print disabilities around the world.

Also available at the same time is the next version of the DAISY Pipeline - a free downloadable transformation suite that supports the seamless conversion of DAISY XML into DAISY Digital Talking Book (DTB) format. Download the DAISY Pipeline from the DAISY Project page at

Together these technologies provide a comprehensive solution for converting text documents into accessible formats for those with print disabilities.