[duxhelp] Re: Brf files are not currently associated with Duxbury 10.6

  • From: "Joanmarie Diggs" <joanmarie.diggs@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2006 17:05:31 -0500

Well, since you accept the blank stares from me, I suppose that's only fair.
You are correct that I am looking at this on behalf of novice and/or easily
intimidated users.  They are the folks I work with all day -- aside from
beta testing communications, anyway.   From their perspective, I think it's
important.  Is it so important that you should add it to your list given the
tight schedule?  Couldn't tell you....

-----Original Message-----
From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Peter Sullivan
Sent: Friday, March 31, 2006 4:50 PM
To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [duxhelp] Re: Brf files are not currently associated with Duxbury
10.6

Joanie,

It's always OK to ask "how substantial" as long as you're willing to accept
a (virtual) blank stare, when that is all I can give.

In this case, I can give an estimate: one day of coding.  That translates
(potentially) to three days of elapsed time, because only about 1/3 of my
time is spent coding, and I'm the only one here who has the MSI programming
experience to do this task without a lot of exploring.  It is, I suppose,
telling of how tight our deadlines can be that I call four hours of work
"substantial".

The file association upgrade may also have to be scheduled along with a
potentially related task, which I have committed to do: to adapt the Shell
integration (right-click menu on .dxp and .dxb files) to run in other
languages.

The real kicker is that it would have to be done early enough in the release
cycle to give the localizers who have adapted the installer into other
languages a chance to localize the new UI.

All of which makes me ask whether it's really worth it.  You can set the
association yourself.  I figure you probably know that -- and know how.  So
perhaps you're exploring the issue on behalf of people who don't know about
Explorer's "Open With..." command and find it tough to explore new
computer-related territories.

- Peter

-----Original Message-----
From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Joanmarie Diggs
Sent: Friday, March 31, 2006 4:09 PM
To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [duxhelp] Re: Brf files are not currently associated with Duxbury
10.6

What was nifty about the association is that it made life easier for a
couple of classes of Web Braille Users who also use Duxbury: TVIs and
consumers.  While there are TVIs and consumers out there with excellent tech
skills, my experience is that they do not form the majority.  Before the
file association, many would get confused each time they followed a link and
got a page full of ASCII braille.  Some would save the resulting page and
wind up with HTML at the top.  Sure, you could train them to bring up a
context menu on the link or make the file association themselves (which not
all of them understood).  Then 10.5 came out and everyone seemed so happy
that following a Web Braille link gave you a Duxbury (associated) file which
you could save. 

So if you don't mind my asking, how substantial?

-----Original Message-----
From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Peter Sullivan
Sent: Friday, March 31, 2006 3:23 PM
To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [duxhelp] Re: Brf files are not currently associated with Duxbury
10.6

Joanie,

This is true, and deliberate.  I simply forgot to mention it in the beta
notes.

We now have a tool called Embossit -- also, if only informally, in beta.  We
prefer to leave it to have the extension.

Earlier versions of DBT had a setup program that would prompt the user when
there appeared to be a conflict, so the user could choose whether to have
DBT take over .brf file association.  While still possible, this is
substantially more difficult with an MSI installer.

- Peter 

-----Original Message-----
From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Joanmarie Diggs
Sent: Friday, March 31, 2006 3:15 PM
To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [duxhelp] Brf files are not currently associated with Duxbury 10.6

I just noticed that 10.6 is not making itself the default application for
brf files.
 
--joanie


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