[duxhelp] Interlining Problems with DBT 10.5

  • From: David Holladay <david@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 04 Jun 2004 11:40:46 -0500


(in regards to your concern about the garbled e-mail address in the
interlining of the Dot 'n Print embosser)

You have identified a known bug with the way 10.5 internally generates
inkprint text to produce interlining text.

What DBT 10.5 does is take a line of braille and reverse translates it. It
does not look at the internal markup in the file, it just uses the raw
braille and back translates it to make the inkprint for interlining text.

The most common issue is e-mail addresses get fouled up in the interlining
text. If you produce the braille in DBT such that the e-mail address has
in-line CBD start and end markers, then the back translator can
re-construct the inkprint correctly.

We admit this is a deficiency that we could fix up, if we had the time. We
plan to leave this as is.

Any beta testers who are curious about this can configure an embosser as an
"ATC Dot 'n Print", and ask for interlining. Check the box for interlining,
and print to a file. When you look at the file, you will see the braille,
the inkprint, and some control codes for the Dot 'n Print. You can
experiment with e-mail addresses and other difficult "non literary" braille
material to see how it would be rendered in inkprint on the Dot 'n Print.
The inkprint in the Nippon Telesoft Gemini is generated in exactly the same

The interlining on the Ohtsuki is quite different. Here the unit gets the
raw braille, and the embosser does the back translation. So if you are
unhappy about the back translation on the Ohtsuki, you would need to bring
the issue to the attention of the vendor.

-- David Holladay

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