NIMAS (National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard) is the file format used by publishers to produce source files that may be used or converted to other specialized formats (such as Braille or audio books) for students with print disabilities. This format is only available for text copyrighted in or after 2006. These files are stored in a central repository (NIMAC) which can only be accessed by authorized users such as AIM-VA.
Virginia school divisions can request that texts/books be converted and made available in the NIMAC library. In doing this, book publishers will make NIMAS files are available to AIM-VA for conversion into additional formats (HTML, DAISY, RTF and ePub).
- If graphics are present, alternative text that can be read aloud may also be available.
- Electronic navigation through “Table of Contents”
- Requires special software to read
NIMAS files, as-is, are source files and are not student-ready.
NIMAS formats are compatible within a few software programs:
For more information: http://aim.cast.org/learn/practice/production/best_practices