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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.

As read on The Digital Reader:
UN press release – In an unprecedented United Nations-supported initiative, people who cannot see and those who have other forms of visual disability will have access to published works through publisher intermediaries who will create accessible formats of publications and share them with specialized libraries.The new arrangement was announced today at the of the UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) meeting in the Indian capital, New Delhi.
It is estimated that only five percent of the world’s one million print titles that are published every year are accessible to the some 340 million around the world who are blind, visually impaired or who live with other print disabilities.
Specialized organizations globally, such as libraries for the blind, have taken on the task of adapting these books into Daisy, Braille audio or special digital formats at great expense.
WIPO and has collaborated with organizations representing authors, publishers and blind and low vision persons, including the World Blind Union and the International Publishers Association to provide access to a wider range of accessible books. WIPO will provide the technical support for the project.
“WIPO is pleased to announce the launch of this innovative and unprecedented collaboration between the private sector and public interest organizations which aims at facilitating access to published works by the visually impaired and print disabled,” said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry, who attended the meeting in New Delhi.
“The success of this project – which represents an effective global partnership for development – will require commitment and investment of all concerned,” said Mr. Gurry.
Through a range of library services and publisher offerings, the new initiative aims to ensure that people with print disabilities in both developing and developed countries have equal access to published works as persons without print disabilities.

As seen on EmpTech:
Create&Convert is a free tool that has been designed specifically to help colleges and universities comply with the Single Equality Act in the way that they publish information, particularly learning materials. C&C is a free open source tool that can convert Word or Open Writer documents (as well as editable scanned OCR docs) into a range of alternative formats, such as a digital talking book, Mp3 format and Braille etc
There are two versions of C&C, one for Word (uses the SAVE as DAISY Add-in 2003/2007 and soon 2010) and Open Writer which features Braille conversion too. While both are intended to work portably the Open Writer version will only run from a USB and not from the desktop.
This development was made possible partially with the help and support of the AEGIS project that developed the odt2Daisy and the odt2braille extensions.

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.