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WYNN Tip: Reading DAISY Files in WYNN

There are three parts to reading a DAISY book: Downloading and saving the book to your computer, opening the book, and reading the book. There are several types of DAISY books.  Some have all audio and no text, some have all text and no audio, while others have some of each.  WYNN reads only DAISY books that include text, as opposed to those that only have audio with no text. 
Note:
To read DAISY files, you must have WYNN version 5 or later.

Downloading and Saving DAISY Book to Your Computer

To obtain DAISY books, you must usually be a member of certain organizations, which usually require proof of a print disability.  To use these DAISY books with WYNN, you must first download the books from the organization's Web site to your computer.  You can use your computer's Web browser to do this, or you can use WYNN's built-in Web browser.  Sometimes the DAISY books are compressed or password protected.  If so, you need to expand them or provide your membership password to get the books ready to open and read.  You will end up with a DAISY book file set, usually contained in a folder with the name of the book.

Opening the Book in WYNN

Once you have downloaded and saved a DAISY book to your computer, you can open it and read it in WYNN. There are two ways to open DAISY books depending on the source of the book. 

Method One:

  1. Choose Open from the File menu, navigate to the folder where you saved your DAISY book files, and then select "DAISY/NIMAS (*.opf)" from the "Files of type" list box.
  2. Next, select a book title and choose Open. WYNN displays and reads the text for you.  This method works with DAISY books that have been saved and formatted in a certain way.  It is easiest because it only displays the valid DAISY books.

Method Two:

  1. Choose Open from the File menu, navigate to the folder where you saved your DAISY book files, and then select "All Files (*.*)" from the "Files of type" list box.
  2. Next, select a book with an extension of .xml and choose Open.  WYNN displays and reads the text for you.  This method works with all DAISY books, no matter how they were saved and formatted.  However, because this method displays all the files in the location, you have to be sure to choose only files with the extension .xml.

Reading the DAISY Book in WYNN

WYNN displays DAISY books in Text View, so that you can use all of WYNN's visual tailoring capabilities during reading. WYNN maintains the page breaks and page numbers. Using WYNN, you can do the following:

  1. Read the book using WYNN's Read button.
  2. Navigate to a specific page using the Go To Page feature. The shortcut command is CTRL+G, which opens the Go To Page dialog box, where you type in the page you want and press ENTER.
  3. Change the appearance of the book using WYNN's green toolbar buttons.
  4. Use the study tools on WYNN's pink toolbar, including the dictionary, highlighter, and notes features.
  5. If an HTML version of the book is available, you can open and display it in WYNN's Web browser.  Do this by choosing Open from the File menu, and then selecting "HTML Web Files (*.html)" from the "Files of type" list box.  Note: The HTML file will display the entire book as one large Web page. 

DAISY is the international digital talking book standard, which provides the capability to distribute books digitally.  NIMAS is a national standard by which publishers are required to provide textbook files. DAISY is a continuously evolving standard. Since NIMAS is based on DAISY, it also evolves. More information about DAISY is available at the DAISY Consortium at http://www.daisy.org/. More information about NIMAS is available at CAST, at http://nimas.cast.org/. 

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