DAISY Format Specifications

DAISY Format Specifications

Across this site we list and provide supporting material for several versions of the “DAISY Standard” all of which have slightly different technical names.

Our DAISY Format page in Standards provides a good starting point, but the specifications are listed here for easy reference. Information can also be found on the DAISY area of the NISO website.

ANSI / NISO Z39.98-2012 – Authoring and Interchange Framework for Adaptive XML Publishing

Approved in 2012, read the full Z39.98-2012

DAISY 3, 2005 release – ANSI/NISO Z39.86-2005 (R2012) Specifications for the Digital Talking Book

More information is available in the following areas:

DAISY, 2002 release
(Superseded version of the ANSI/NISO Z39.86 Specifications for the Digital Talking Book)

DAISY 2.02 Specification
(Formal Recommendation approved Feb. 28, 2001)

Outdated Versions

DAISY 2.01 Specification
(Recommendation approved Sep. 21, 1999)

DAISY 2.0 Specification
(Recommendation approved Sep. 22, 1998)


Affiliated Specifications Maintained by the DAISY Consortium

DAISY Online Delivery Protocol (DODP) Specification

DAISY Online Delivery Protocol Version 2.0.2

DAISY Online Delivery Protocol Version 2.0.1

MathML in DAISY Modular Extension

Officially, the Specification for the Digital Talking Book Modular Extension for Mathematics.

MathML in DAISY Specification

DAISY Protected Digital Talking Book (PDTB)

(officially, the Specification for DAISY Protected Digital Talking Book) This specification applies to both DAISY 2.02 and DAISY 3.

Protected Digital Talking Book Specification Version 2

DAISY 2.02 Skippable Structures Recommendation

Approved June 6, 2003