[access-uk] Re: Braille PDA's

        Hi Graham 

Good points.  I mentioned a few as they're the main ones that I train
with. However,  I'm aware that there may be others that creep in.  

Essentially, I'm looking at the capabilities of these machines of
converting word/text/rich text files into Grade 2 Braille and how they
can handle the translation.  I'm prioritisng machines that have Braille
displays, but am not worried about whether they are qwerty or Braille
input.  However, this does not rule out PacMate BNS, VoiceNote etc. from
the mix.  

Yes, I'd be more than happy to share results (obviously no names
supplied) on list.  

Cheers for now 

Ian.  




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-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Graham Page
Sent: 29 November 2006 22:41
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Braille PDA's

Hi Ian.

While I accept that loads of messages to the list saying the same thing 
could cause a serious upsurge in traffic, I think the general question
and 
particularly its findings may be of interest.  So will you be in a
position 
to send details of what you find to the list?

Secondly, you have mentioned the main UK contenders in Braillelite,
Pacmate, 
Braillenote/voicenote and the braille sense.  I know there were products

like the Elba which looked interesting too but don't think that ever got
off 
the ground, certainly in the UK.

Are you also counting Mainstream PDAs with Braille displays or Braille 
keyboards?  there are a number of solutions in this field though I think

most would work better with QWERTY keyboards, Braille displays can also
be 
attached.

There's the Hal screenreader with a PDA such as the Dell Axim and also
the 
Maestro software which can be bundled with Trekker.  I don't know if
Maestro 
has Braille dribers yet though.  Humanware would.

TALKS can, in theory, be used with a Braille display though I don't know
of 
anything but the communicator being used in this way.

It would certainly be interesting to know which poortable Braille
solution 
is most popular however.

Regards

graham
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ian Beverley" <iancbev@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>; <brailleuk@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, November 29, 2006 9:38 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Braille PDA's


Hi guys


I have some questions that I hope as many of you as possible could help
me with.  Now this is not part of any scientific research, but is really
a plea for thoughts and opinions.  Unless, anybody feels that this would
be of more general interest, could you reply to me off-list by using the
details given at the bottom of this E-mail.  Furthermore, I'll put my
work E-mail address on there too, so it does at least give options.



For the purposes of this, I'm counting a Braille PDA as counting
anything from the BrailleNote to PacMate, BrailleSense to the Braille
Lite and anything around this area.



1. For those who have one, what type of Braille PDA do you use?  Is
this for study, work or private use?



2. Do you import information onto your PDA and if so, in what
format?  i.e. MS word, RTF, etc.



3. What would you say are the most commonly used Braille PDA's
within the UK?



This should start things off.  I hope that as many of you as possible
can respond to this.  This is work related, but I can assure you that
everything that you say does not get passed on to anybody else and full
confidentiality is respected.



Thanks in advance



Ian.





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