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NIMAS Files Best Practices


National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM Center)


National Center on Accessible Educational Materials (AEM Center)


Implementation of the NIMAS and a corresponding increase in NIMAS filesets and their submission to the NIMAC have brought questions to light regarding practical implementation of the Standard. Several items of interest have been discussed as implementation has progressed, and, best practices—determined by consensus of members of the NIMAS Technical Assistance and Development centers—are outlined below. Producers of NIMAS filesets are urged to consult the Creating NIMAS Files page, as well.

National Instructional Materials Accessibility Standard (NIMAS)

A technical standard used to produce XML-based source files for print-based educational materials.

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National Instructional Materials Access Center (NIMAC)

Central national repository established at American Printing House for the Blind to store, validate, maintain and disseminate NIMAS filesets.

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