[duxhelp] Re: Global and Document Embosser and Printer Setup

  • From: "Betsy Whitney, Dolphin Press" <brailleit@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2004 21:40:10 -1000

This is George's first attempt at explaining the differences in the upcoming version of dbt, regarding embosser settings. Just thought you might like to have a peek.
Take care...

At 03:32 PM 7/10/2004, you wrote:

Sorry this is going to be a long one, but it is an
important Subject which I am sure may be the cause
of much technical support and discussion after

I know there has been a lot of off-list discussion
on this topic on a per incident basis, but as I am
about to launch into writing Help, I'd appreciate
some feedback and comment generally, since there
has not been a great deal of open list discussion.

So please allow me to try and explain what it's
all about.  Even if you only have one embosser,
you might want to read on.

Hopefully David and Peter will correct any errors
I make, and fill in some of the gaps.

Initially it is vital to appreciate that DBT 10.5
now contains Embosser and Printer Setup options in
the Document menu, AS WELL AS the Global menu.  To
all intents and purposes, they essentially LOOK
the same, and operationally they work the same.

DBT 10.5's own individual files now hold much more
of what in "Microsoft Speak" is known as, "Sticky
Document Information".  This will become more
apparent as we proceed here.

Let's first deal with the Global: Embosser Setup.

First, the biggest single difference in the
Embosser Setup of 10.5 is that you can now set up
a whole variety of "Braille Device"
configurations.  If you are lucky enough to have
access to more than one embosser, you will
doubtless really appreciate this change.  Even if
you only have one embosser, but perhaps change
paper sizes from time to time, you may also

Second, you can now set up a new embosser with
more or less any name you choose.  For example,
"Main Production Machine", "Proof Reading
Embosser", "Fred", "Mary" or whatever you like to
call it.  This is the name you will see when you
later make a selection of embosser.  They can all
be for the same make and model of embosser, or
different ones.

Third, when you choose an actual embosser make and
model from the very extensive list, DBT now has
details about the various embossers, such as
maximum characters per line, maximum lines per
page, etc., and therefore will not let you exceed
the manufacturer's specification when setting
things up.  (Do try this out!)

Fourth, and for the technically inclined, these
embosser parameters are stored in a text based
file called "emb.elt".  By all means look at this
file in a text editor such as Notepad, but DO NOT
open or edit this file in DBT.  This file is at
the heart of controlling embossers, and so finally
we will begin to see the dog wagging the tail - er
sorry - DBT controlling the embosser, instead of
the other way round.  Make a copy of emb.elt
before you make any changes!!  Screw this file up,
and you'll very likely end up at the funny farm.
[J.R. - I owe you a message on this!]

Fifth, you will find that the various dialogs may
or may not display certain set-up items depending
on whether or not your embosser supports those
features.  For example, a Braille Blazer will not
allow you to access, "Emboss in Interpoint" or
"Interline".  If you are barred from a feature you
believe should be there, or have access to one
which should not, please yell loudly.

Sixth, when you add a new configuration, or edit
an existing configuration, you will find THREE
Tabs.  General, Device Settings and Advanced.  In
the main, we expect that 95% of users will only
need to deal with the General tab.  However,
please familiarise yourself with the contents of
the other two.

Seventh, on the main Embosser Setup screen, you
have a drop down Form selection list.  Hopefully
this covers the popular sizes of paper used.
However. although I won't cover this here, it is
possible to add custom forms, as well as delete
sizes never used in the emb.elt file.

Finally, for now anyway, please remember that
whatever "Brailler Device" you highlight in the
list, will become your DEFAULT for all new
documents.  (But read on)

The bottom line is to use GLOBAL: Embosser Setup
to define embossers and configurations which you
use on a regular day to day basis.

The same applies to Global: Printer Setup, but
here you may only set up one default ink printer.
That said, you can change this globally at any
time.  The choice is not set in stone.

Let's now move to the Document: Embosser Setup.

The principal and absolute golden rule here is to
remember that the Setup here applies to your
CURRENT in-focus document.

When you open a new document, the default embosser
configuration will be the one you highlighted in
the Global: Embosser Setup.  If you only have one
embosser configuration, you will not need to

However, if you have two or more configurations,
you should ideally make sure via DOCUMENT:
Embosser Setup that the embosser configuration is
the right one.

Now if you suddenly decide that you want to change
say characters per line for this document, you
MUST change it through the Document menu, or Ctrl
+ F11.  Doing it in the Global menu will have
absolutely no effect on the current document,
other than for any new documents created.  I dare
say this will confuse hardened DBT users, but I'm
afraid that's progress.  Many, many users wanted
multiple embosser setups.

Finally, when you save your document, it will
retain whatever you have set up for THAT document,
including what embosser was used.  Consequently,
if you re-open a document days, weeks, or months
later, you only have to look at DOCUMENT: Embosser
Setup to see what its settings are.  Which
hopefully explains what we mean by "Sticky
Document Information".

Ink Printer-wise, the same applies, but you can
change the ink printer used for that document.

It goes without saying that the embossing module
is about THE most important part of DBT after the
translation engine.  This is a broad overview, but
I will appreciate hearing about points that you
don't quite understand.  If you guys don't
understand it, sure as eggs are eggs, regular
users won't either, and so I will have to find
better ways of explaining things.

Many thanks,

George Bell.

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