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Subject: Re: DAISY (was: Re: New players for the blind and Rockbox?)

Re: DAISY (was: Re: New players for the blind and Rockbox?)

From: Stéphane Doyon <>
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2010 22:45:04 -0400 (EDT)

On Fri, 20 Aug 2010, Arno Schuh wrote:

> Hi,
> in addition to this request something similar: There where somebody who tried
> to include DAISY capability to Rockbox. Is this project still working?
> Libraries for the blind use DAISY to easyly navigate in audio books, i. e.
> jump to chapters, pages and even sentenses or phrases.

Adding DAISY to Rockbox would be very cool. I'm out of date by more than a
year, but last I looked at this cuesheet support seemed like a good
starting point, and perhaps things could be simplified a bit by
preprocessing the structure on the computer before copying to the player.

For my purposes though, reading mostly fiction, I get by without the
improved navigation offered by DAISY. I get books from the Canadian
National Institute for the Blind Library. Sometimes just copying over the
mp3 files is enough. Sometimes the filenames are arbitrary and the sort
order is wrong, but ~100 lines of python scripting are enough to parse the
ncc.html and smil files to obtain the right order and rename the mp3 files
accordingly. One flaw with this process is that portions of audio that
should have been cut out are played: depending on the recording process,
when the narrator stumbles and starts over a sentence, they don't
necessarily take it out of the audio stream, they might just specify the
DAISY structure to skip that bit, and by listening to the raw mp3s you'll
hear it. In my experience that's not a problem I rarely notice it.
Received on 2010-08-21

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