How do I get a Word file that I can modify?

Webinars: If you'd like to book a webinar session with us to see how this method of accessing Word files works please contact us by emailing and let us know what time of day suits you the best. We can have seven callers per session. You will need to install the free WebEx software on your computer and set up your free account:

We can also offer sessions through Skype if this is easier for you

Word Document Generator

We've developed a tool to make converting our DAISY files to a structured Word document with style mark-up quick and easy for you. The tool is in a Zip file and we can't add it to the site yet (we're working on this). If you'd like us to send it out to you please contact us.

14 October 2016 - we emailed the tool to all Primary Contacts but some have been undeliverable as school networks have rejected the email with zip file attachment. If you're a Primary Contact and didn't receive the email, please do contact us so we can arrange an alternative way to send it to you. Fileguidance-on-using-the-worddocumentgenerator.docx

Quick guide

You can use the DAISY file to get a structured Word edition in just a couple of minutes, which you can then modify to meet the learners requirements.

  • Download the book in the "DAISY with images" format (If “DAISY text only” is the only DAISY download option offered the original EPUB file doesn’t contain images. You can continue following this process to get a Word document without images). 
  • Open the zip folder and extract the files. The folder containing the extracted files will open automatically. 
  • Rename the "book_title.xml" file so that .xml becomes .html 
  • Open the .html file (it will open in your web browser) 
  • Select all of the text (Ctrl and A) and copy the text (Ctrl and C) 
  • Paste the text (Ctrl and V) into your blank Word document ensuring you keep the source formatting (if pasted as text only the structure will not carry across to the Word document and it will appear that you have lots of formatting to do). 
  • The text and images are now in your Word document. You may need to resize images to fit the page.
  • Turn on your navigation pane to display a menu of all the styled headings in the document, which give the document structure and make it quick and easy to jump to different sections of the text.
  • The book can now be modified to meet your learner's requirements; font type, font size, line spacing, colours, etc.

Not seeing the XML file name extension?

You may need to adjust your computer settings to show your file name extensions.

Downloadable guides

Creating Word files from DAISY files - full guidance with screen shots

Quick guide to modifying structured Word files

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