Contentra Technologies is officially recognized by the CAST NIMAS Development and Technical Assistance Center as a NIMAS content conversion service provider. In addition to the many formats to which we convert file, Contentra actively offers NIMAS conversion services and workflows to major publishers throughout the world, including many in the US...
In 2002, the Department of Education authorized the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST) to establish technical specifications for a voluntary National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS). NIMAS helps to increase the availability and quick delivery of print educational materials in accessible formats to blind or other persons with reading disabilities in the K-12 setting.
State and local education agencies complying with NIMAS will require publishers to submit NIMAS file sets to the National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC) when contracting for the purchase of the instructional materials. The NIMAC serves as a national repository for NIMAS files. It is also a conduit through which NIMAS files are made available to authorized users so that these files may be converted into fully accessible textbooks and instructional materials for students with qualifying disabilities.
The NIMAS outlines a set of consistent and valid XML-based source files to be created by K–12 curriculum publishers or other content producers. We help publishers convert their materials to the NIMAS standard. Files can then be delivered via various types of media –CD-ROMs, DVDs, PDFs, application files, Websites, etc...
The following are examples of such workflows:
- Convert Word/PDF book file to a NIMAS XML/NIMAS XHTML file
- Generate NIMAS-compliant XML files in book publishing workflow
- Create NIMAS-compliant Websites
- Create NIMAS-compliant mobile XHTML files
Contentra assists publishers in converting their print/electronic media to NIMAS 1.1/Daisy /DTBook compliant format using our proprietary workflows. Our services also include delivering the NIMAS file set to the NIMAC engine.
All NIMAS conversion projects are delivered in accordance with the highest quality standards and with adherence to strict delivery schedules. We convert more than 1 million pages annually.