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Tom Starbranch Accessibility and Compliance Manager for K-12. Building the Bridge. Before NIMAS/NIMAC For several years Publishers provided digital files for special materials production. Before NIMAS the task of providing files was decentralized. Quality was not uniform.

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Tom Starbranch

Accessibility and Compliance Manager for K-12


Building the bridge
Building the Bridge

  • Before NIMAS/NIMAC

    • For several years Publishers provided digital files for special materials production.

    • Before NIMAS the task of providing files was decentralized.

    • Quality was not uniform.

    • “Finding the right person” could be time consuming and frustrating.


Crossing the bridge
Crossing the Bridge

  • The immediate production benefit of NIMAS/NIMAC

    • Production departments make PDFs, a file format.

    • Once the AIM task became “make NIMAS”, publishers applied the same efficiencies.

      • Uniform spec, both internal and external

      • Scale pricing (global)

      • Centralized workflow


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Crossing the Bridge

  • NIMAC Team

    • The technology worked.

    • State deadlines caused files to flood in.

    • Always cool.

    • Conduit for communication between the source and recipient.


Reaching our destination
Reaching our Destination

  • Improving NIMAS/DAISY files

    • Capturing corrections no matter where they are made.

      • AMP, distribution partner, DSS office

      • Proofreading, Structure, (quality improvements)

      • Alt descriptions, MathML, (additional content)


Reaching our destination1
Reaching our Destination

  • Content availability

    • Working with our partners to provide access to source materials.

      • Illustrator files for tactile graphics

      • Structured page files (Future)


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Reaching our Destination

  • Supporting Braille literacy

    • Better production tools needed.

      • NIMAS to Braille

      • MathML to Braille

      • Cost effective delivery of tactile graphics


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Reaching our Destination

  • Access to general education materials

    • The best solution. (WLATMSFTM)

    • 2010.

    • Working closely with AIM partners.

    • Next generation designers and developers assume it’s necessary.


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