[bksvol-discuss] Re: Fractions in bookshare files for Braille readers

Hi all,

No, haven't been reading this thread, but the correct way to write a compound fraction, that's what they're called, folks, is to use a dash to indicate that it is one compound fraction. In braille this is what is done. Since braille is direct reflection of what is done in print, I would benture to say that 1-1/2 is correct as opposed to 1 1/2. The space is incorrect! In print, the 1/2 part of the fraction is actually printed vertically. The one is on top, in super script and is linked vertically to the two by a slash, a diagonal line. In order for the fraction, compound or otherwise to come out right in braille, you must write the numerator, then a slash and then the denominator. Yeah, yeah, yeah, terminology again, but it am correct. If we don't standardize, then braille readers will be all bolixed up.

You cannot put in something you think is just easier for you. You have to put in what is right, what is standard and what the book says. I may think that writing a phone number is easier when I write 585-922-3434, but that is *not* how it is done in the sighted world and it is not standard and I can't use it in a Bookshare book. I have to, not should but have to write (585) 922-3434, not any other format just because I think it is easier for me.

Ann P.


Original message:
Hi, Kim!

I didn't think we were allowed to alter text by inserting hyphens. I personally feel it reads easier with a space between the whole number and fraction and unless mandated, would NEVER take the time to insert hyphens in mixed fractions. So, be forewarned if it is a pet peeve of yours that you will not like my submission after proofreading Bakewise.

Valerie


On Jun 20, 2010, at 4:04 AM, Kim Friedman wrote:


Hi, Pam I would write 1/2 or 1/4 or 1-1/8. When I see fractions, the slash goes between the numerator and the denominator without spaces. Hope this helps. Regards, Kim Friedman. P.S.: One of my pet peeves is seeing a mixed fraction (such as 1-1/2 being written 1 1/2. K.


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Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Fractions in bookshare files for Braille readers

Hey all,

I'm coming across a bunch of fractions for recipes in the book that I'm proofing. For Braille readers, is the 1 / 2 format better than the symbol 1 over 2 in one individual space (sorry I can't make this symbol in e-mail). Any preference?

Thanks for your thoughts,

Pam




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