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Odt2braille is a Braille extension to OpenOffice.org Writer and will enable authors to print documents to a Braille embosser and to export documents as Braille files. The Braille output is well-formatted and highly customizable. The odt2daisy extension is a direct outcome of the AEGIS project. More information on the Odt2braille website.

Odt2braille is now also available on the OpenOffice.org extensions site.It should also work in LibreOffice.

Odt2daisy is an OpenOffice.org Writer extension, enabling to export in DAISY 3 format, including support of Mathematical content conforming to the MathML standard. DAISY is an NISO Z39.86 standard for blind, visual impaired, print-disabled, and learning-disabled people. The odt2daisy extension is also a direct outcome of the AEGIS project. More information on the Odt2Daisy website.

Odt2daisy is now also available on the OpenOffice.org extensions site.

Following presentation was given at the 1st International AEGIS conference in Seville, Spain on 7-8 October 2010.

AEGIS project just launched its project video:

Odt2daisy and Odt2braille (both outcomes of the EC funded AEGIS FP7 project) have been included in Create&Convert, a package of open-source programs that can quickly translate electronic documents into an accessible alternative format. Create&Convert is devised by the JISC Regional Support Centre Scotland North & East. It helps educational institutions comply with the Equality Act 2010, which came into force on 1 October of this year.
The Create&Convert website includes a few videos that illustrate the process of creating an accessible document, exporting to DAISY and exporting to Braille. The OpenOffice version of Create&Convert (see “OpenWriter version”) can be downloaded for free and can be run from a USB pendrive.

The EU eAccess+ thematic network is developing a range of support systems for co-ordinating, supporting and improving the implementation of eAccessibility throughout Europe. The network has a special focus on three topics within eAccessibility (Web accessibility, Accessible convergent communications and accessible digital audio-visual systems, Self-service terminals (SSTs) and devices for banking and financial services, public transport, tourism and cultural heritage, e-government).

The network will involve all stakeholder groups (including legislators, regulators, policy makers, commissioners, owners and deployers of systems, developers of hardware and software, user organizations, researchers, accessibility and usability experts, educators), analyse the state of the art on eAccessibility, and analyse the obstacles and missing links hindering the uptake of eAccessibility

To address the current problems of improving eAccessibility, the network will develop online resources such as a website, wikis, and podcasts to address key eAccessibility topics, gather and review relevant information such as standards and guidelines, seek out examples of good practice and relevant case studies, and provide initial advice and links to appropriate more detailed advice services when needed.
More information on the project website.

Designer and developers, as well as people with disabilities and older people that will be the main users and beneficiaries of the VERITAS system, are invited to register for our forthcoming Pan-European User Forum on 29 November 2010 in Prague, Czech Republic. Members of the User Forum will in future also have the opportunity to apply for participation in testing of VERITAS services, and will be able to participate in project conferences at a reduced fee.

Equally, all relevant stakeholders are also welcome to our Pan-European Workshop on 30 November 2010 the day after where all interested parties will be able to join the debate.

Preliminary program

November 29 2010

  • 10:00 – 12:00 VERITAS SAB meeting
  • 13:30 – 17:00 User Forum
  • 13:30 – 17:00 VUMS clustering meeting (in parallel with User Forum)

November 30 2010 – 1st Pan-European VERITAS Workshop

  • 9:00 – 9:15 Welcome by the Dean of CVUT FEL
  • 9:15 – 9:30 Project overview (FhG)
  • 9:30 – 10:00 Technical Description (CERTH/ITI) – Models presentation, tools, architecture
  • 10:00 – 10:30 Examples from the developers (LMS/HS)
  • 10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
  • 11:00 – 11:30 User requirements (MCA / LMS)
  • 11:30 – 12:00 Task analysis (MCA)
  • 12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break
  • 13:00 – 14:30 Abstract user models (UPM / UNITN / ITACA)
  • 14:30 – 15:00 Coffee break
  • 15:00 – 15:45 Use cases (CERTH / HIT) – Discussion & prioritization
  • 16:15 – 16:30 Invited speakers from cluster
  • 16:30 – 17:00 Wrap-up & Closing (FhG/CERTH/ITI)

To participate, please complete the registration form.