[accessibleimage] Re: Question about micro capsule paper

Wonderfully put Fred, and so true.

Robin Charles, CBT/AT Support
HISD Braille Production Center
Program for Students with Visual Impairments
Holden Administrative Offices, Rt. 6
812 W 28th Street, Houston, TX 77008
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713-293-9776
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Subject: [accessibleimage] Re: Question about micro capsule paper

Ahmet and others,

It seems to me the discussion of whether or not to copy graphics made on an 
embosser overlooks the treasure you have right in your hands--the thermoform 
machine and all it's capable of doing!

In discussing tactile graphics, the argument always comes down to quality and 
readability for students on one side and ease of production on the other. It's 
understandable that people prefer technologies that allow them to output the 
production to a printer or embosser rather than tooling something by hand, 
because hand tooling seems intimidating or inconsistent. But to use an 
exaggerated comparison, if you had an airplane you wouldn't want to taxi it 
along the street to go places--you'd want to learn to fly it!

If you haven't already, consider spending some time making master graphics with 
diagramming foil or collage and then thermoforming them, or at least adding 
collage elements to the graphics you make with the embosser. The results, 
especially for more complex graphics, can be so much more readable for your 
students that you'll agree it is worth the effort.

Fred Otto
Tactile Learning Project Leader
APH Educational Research

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