[duxhelp] Re: Progress Report

  • From: "George Bell" <info@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2002 18:14:33 +0100

Hi Ann,

If you want to braille the table, take a look at docdolq.dxp in your C:\duxbury 
folder.

We are using some software called RoboHelp to develop these HTML help files.  
This is supposed to be leading edge technology for Help file development, and 
at $1,198 a single user licence, it ain't cheap!  Even an upgrade, which 
technically we may now require, costs $998.  (So who was complaining about the 
cost of JAWS upgrades??)  And between Duxbury and ourselves, we have more than 
just 2 copies!!  

Anyway, one of the reasons RoboHelp is being used, is that it is supposed to 
allow us generate printed documentation, which it does via Word for Windows.  
In other words, we should then have a file, or files, which, if I do my job 
right at this end, can provide a basis for producing hard copy braille, in 
addition to a printed manual.

I don't want to put words into Duxbury's mouth, but I would not expect them to 
produce the whole of the help files in their entirety in Braille.  However, I'd 
like to think that we may be able to provide files contain all the relevant 
sections, such that a user can braille out if they wish.

I'm also working on a means of trying to braille out an individual topic 
directly from Help, in much the same way as you can ink print at the moment.

Anyway, as it's ten past six in the evening, I'm off for a cold beer or three.

All the best,

George.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ann Foxworth [mailto:Ann.Foxworth@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: 10 September 2002 17:20
> To: 'duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx'
> Subject: [duxhelp] Re: Progress Report
> 
> 
> Excellent, George. Can we save the table and emboss it?  
> That's what I'd
> really love to do.
> 
> Ann Foxworth, Computer Braille Specialist
> Texas Commission for the Blind
> 4800 N. Lamar BLVD Suite # 130
> Austin, TX 78756
> PH: (512) 377-0654
> 
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
> [mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: Tuesday, September 10, 2002 8:24 AM
> To: Duxhelp (E-mail)
> Subject: [duxhelp] Progress Report
> 
> 
> Hi everyone,
> 
> Many, many thanks for the feed back so far.
> 
> I know it appears to have been quiet from my end lately, but 
> be assured
> there is much going on here.
> 
> Trying to monitor progress with so many Codes is proving to 
> be quite a tough
> exercise in itself, and so I've decided to tackle things from 
> another angle,
> so to speak.
> 
> You may have looked at the "Codes Quick Reference" Topic, 
> which in itself is
> a daunting document, listing all the available DBT codes in strict
> alphabetical order.  It also has references to other codes 
> which appear
> elsewhere in the list.
> 
> Since this is Duxbury's Code Master List, I am treating it as 
> sacrosanct,
> and essentially doing nothing to change the order of things.  
> However, I'm
> hoping I've at least made the beginnings of some improvements.
> 
> Please don't hate me for this, but I've now made the Code List a Table
> comprising two columns.  Code Name and technical explanation 
> are in column
> 1, and as I have added "Simplified" explanations, I have 
> added a "Related
> Topics" button or link in the second column.  When you click 
> on it, it takes
> you to the simpler explanation, and of course the Back button 
> will return
> you to the table.
> 
> I have also added "Hyperlinks" to the many "(See also code 
> [xxx])" items.  I
> don't know about you all, but it was driving me mad having to 
> scroll through
> pages and pages to get to see what they referred to, by which time I'd
> forgotten where I had started.  Now, one command will get you 
> there, and
> another will get you back.
> 
> I should explain also, that I'm trying to do all of this in 
> such a way that
> F1 Context Sensitive help can be incorporated where 
> appropriate.  (Although
> there is no guarantee of this at this stage)  My own thinking 
> is that of you
> were reviewing a document in Coded View, and wanted to check 
> out what a code
> is doing, you could highlight it, and press F1 to get an explanation.
> 
> Meantime, the biggest headache I've got is classifying the 
> "simple" code
> explanation topics in such a way that they are easy to find.  
> Where does a
> code like [idle] fit in the overall scheme, without having a massive
> "miscellaneous" section.
> 
> Hopefully we'll have another file out to you in a week or so.
> 
> Thanks again for all your help.
> 
> George Bell
> Techno-Vision Systems Ltd 
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