National Instructional Materials Accessiblity Standard (NIMAS) is a technical standard used by publishers to produce source files (in XML) that may be used to develop multiple specialized formats (such as Braille or audio books) for students with print disabilities. We at DataNZ have been creating NIMAS XML files using the NIMAS DTD schema.

Highlights of NIMAS:

  • Useful for publishers to convert educational materials into XML source files.
  • The file sets are uploaded to the National Instructional Materials Access Centre (NIMAC) and subsequently they can be accessed by educating bodies to generate multiple accessible formats.
  • A NIMAS file is so versatile that multiple output formats can be produced from it, for instance- Braille, large print, HTML, talking audio books derived from text-to-speech transformations, and more.

Our process: 

  • We work with most input sources including PDF’s, InDesign, Quark, and Word. After we receive the source files, we proceed to convert the file to NIMAS XML
  • The conversion process adheres to the NIMAS DTD schema using our in-house automated tool.
  • We also use a manual quality check with the original input to ensure 99.5% accuracy.
  • In order to submit a file set, publishers need to have an account with the NIMAC. If you do not already have one, setting up an account is easy and we can help you do that.
  • After you are registered with the NIMAC, we submit the file set and handle any or all modifications the NIMAC may seek.

Please contact us at with any questions, or send us a sample of your NIMAS requirements for a free, no-obligation sample and quote.  We are happy to provide recent examples of contracts / work executed and testimonials.   


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