Updates are available today for two accessibility add-ins built in Open XML that provide tools for people with hearing  and print disabilities, STAMP and Save As DAISY for Office 2010.

The Subtitling Add-In for Microsoft PowerPoint (STAMP) helps Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 users add closed captions to the video and audio files included in their presentations, which boosts their impact for those with hearing disabilities. While designed for people with hearing disabilities, it has also been useful in subtitling videos into other languages or simply for clearer comprehension for business, training and more. STAMP can both import and export standard Timed Text Markup Language (TTML) for easier captioning.

Building on our partnership with the DAISY Consortium, Save as DAISY for Office 2010 helps Microsoft Word users convert Word Open XML files to the Digital Accessible Information System (DAISY) format, which powers digital talking books and compatible software & braille readers for those with print disabilities.  Save As DAISY supports retention of table of contents, images and tables and has a verification step to confirm a successful conversion of the Word file to the DAISY format. This version now supports Office 2003, 2007 and 2010. 

Save As DAISY has been used around the world since its initial release with Office 2007. For instance, in Japan parents of blind children can create talking books for their children’s school needs. A Japanese mother said, “Since the DAISY Translator makes producing DAISY books possible without learning technical skills, it’s convenient for creating a child’s daily homework.”

The add-ins were built in Open XML and show the power of creating tools to enable people to access Word and PowerPoint in different ways. They were created as open source projects available  to the community via SourceForge (http://sourceforge.net/projects/stamp-addin/, http://sourceforge.net/projects/openxml-daisy/).  Any requests for bug fixes or features can be posted to SourceForge for consideration in the next release.

I encourage you to take a look at the add-ins to gain new ideas of what you can do with Open XML and with Office. More information about the two add-ins is available from the Office Blog.