[duxhelp] Re: Codes in Help

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  • Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2004 13:58:28 -0000

Hi Ann,

Did you not note that you will be able to look at any Help topic in 10.5 and 
hit an "Emboss" button to get a braille copy on your braille embosser?

George.

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> [mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Foxworth, Ann
> Sent: 22 March 2004 13:46
> To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [duxhelp] Re: Codes in Help
> 
> I sure would like to have that big old help file in a brf so 
> I could emboss it.  My primary medium is Braille.  I like to 
> look things up and read instructions in braille.  Somehow, my 
> brain gloms onto it better that way.
> 
> Ann Foxworth, Braille Consultant
> Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, Division 
> for Blind Services Criss Cole Rehabilitation Center 4800 N. 
> Lamar BLVD Austin, TX 78756
> PH: (512) 377-0353
> E-mail: ann.foxworth@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: George Bell [mailto:info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: Saturday, March 20, 2004 7:37 PM
> To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [duxhelp] Codes in Help
> 
> 
> I wonder if I could ask for some feedback on the hairy and 
> complex subject of Codes please?
> 
> I'm endeavouring to write simple explanations with examples, 
> but applying a logical grouping of Codes is tricky, as you 
> may have seen from comments on Duxuser.
> 
> I'm beginning with the premise that DBT Codes should only be 
> used it you are either, "totally back to the wall", or, are 
> an experienced transcriber who needs very precise formatting.
> 
> I won't say "Everything can be done via the normal DBT 
> interface menus.", but that's the way I believe most main 
> stream users should work.
> 
> So, I'm trying to put myself in the mindset of someone 
> preparing ANY kind of document asking how things should be 
> laid out in braille.
> 
> Bearing in mind that DBT is an Internationally sold product, 
> my first line of thought is that where special layout matters 
> are concerned, users should refer to their local braille 
> authority.  BANA produce Layout recommendations, as do BAUK 
> here in Britain, as do many other braille authorities.  I do 
> NOT see it as Duxbury's task to spell out how, for example, 
> poetry should be laid out, even if it does contain Styles 
> which are principally American.
> 
> If there is no braille authority, and/or national 
> recommendation of layout, then I believe one usually finds 
> that a country will follow those of another country who do 
> have formatting recommendations.
> 
> On that basis, might I be right then in thinking that the 
> next real question will be, "So how do I apply this way of 
> formatting to my braille document?"?  Indeed, am I also not 
> right in thinking that 90% of the questions that come up on 
> Duxuser are of that nature?  "I want to start with Roman 
> numbers, then change to Arabic, and after the first volume, I 
> want a new file where the numbering continues from the last 
> volume.  Oh yes and I want different Headers and Footers on 
> odd and even pages, which change with the wind!"
> 
> I'd better also add that at this point, I'm just trying to 
> cover literary braille codes, not maths, or anything technical.
> 
> So, any comments on the following groupings?  t is a topic page on its
> own, B is a Book which contains Topics.    Am I missing any 
> broad Books.
> I've not broken down the books, but can do if needs be.
> 
> Codes:
>   t - Manually Inserting
>   t - Amending Codes
>   t - Navigation Codes
>   t - Finding & replacing Codes
>   t - DBT Codes Quick Reference.
>   B - Page and Numbering
>   B - Paragraph
>   B - Line
>   B - Text
>   B - Alignment
>   B - Tabulation
>   B - Translation
>   B - Miscellaneous
> 
> I'd better warn you all that the Help file is now up to 3.5 
> Megabytes, and there's still a lot of writing to do.  For 
> these who want to see it, I hope to have something half 
> reasonable in a few days to a week.
> 
> All the best,
> 
> George Bell
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