[duxhelp] Re: Question 99 - Embosser Setup

  • From: "Jack Maartman" <jmaartman@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2005 14:52:07 -0800

Hi George:

I think the argument against is weaker than the argument for:

Setting up a configuration can be inconvenient, but once set up, as long as
it isn't fiddled with by an administrator, things ought to translate and
emboss correctly.  The North American "Office for students with
disabilities", or its congener is supposed to know how to do this for
students who don't.  Regrettably, and you can contest this, computer
expertise appears to be lower among students in the U.K.

DBT differs slightly from OS to OS, but assuming we are talking about
networks here, that shouldn't matter.  However, I wonder if there is
generally one embosser per station, whether global and document embosser
settings might not be redundant.  But conceivably you might have a student
with two embossers, a braille Blazer for her class-room notes, and something
interpoint like a Juliet pro, for text-book Chapters that may include
graphics.  I loved the good old days in the prehistory of the 90s when I
worked under dos, and used a versapoint that sounded like a road drill, I
scanned and brailled all my own textbooks, then and of course it took up so
much time, that with my pressing commitments in the student pub, I certainly
wasn't reasonably expected to study.  But in all sincerity if something goes
wrong and the student can't handle the configuration, nothing gets printed
and there's nothing to study.

I hear Jan's frustration, working to deadline, with material  that needs
custom formatting, no doubt APH having state of the art everything.

Since MSW supports legions of printers, one could expect the embosser issue
to be just as simple.  For many cogent reasons it isn't.  What would happen
if document embosser settings were considered optional, or what advantages
to they have over global settings allowing one to change embossers on the
fly?

Just Curious

Jack
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "George Bell" <george@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, March 17, 2005 2:21 PM
Subject: [duxhelp] Question 99 - Embosser Setup


> OK.  This is a hairy one, but I feel strongly enough to
> throw the question out to all of you.
>
> If you have multiple users of DBT, and/or more than one
> embosser in use, please bear with me and read on.
>
> Some background:
>
> You all know I'm a Duxbury dealer, and one who is perhaps
> slightly more passionate about DBT than normal.  (If that
> makes me an eccentric, so be it - smile!)  However, I'll try
> to make my point in simplish terms.
>
> The current concept:
>
> At the moment, DBT's Embosser setup is set up in such a way
> that it applies to the entire PC.  One for all, and all for
> one.
>
> For a single user, or even for a family, using one PC with
> different passwords, one embosser and one size of paper in
> that embosser, that's probably fine.
>
> My problem: (Even if it is only a British issue)
>
> Many of my users are schools, colleges and universities, or
> major charities with dozens of work stations on a network.
>
> They often have two or more braille embossers.
>
> Moreover, they have many members of staff who will
> specifically not always use the same work station or
> embosser.
>
> However, each member of staff and indeed each student, will
> have what is called a "Roving Profile".  In short, when they
> log on to ANY workstation, enter their Username and
> Password, they will have all their personal settings
> available to them.
>
> Those of you who have JAWS 6 installed on a system where you
> have different users set up will appreciate what this means.
>
>
> So your wife, husband, child, or friend can log in with
> their Username and Password, and any changes they have made
> will be retained for them exclusively.
>
> The question:
>
> Should DBT's complete settings follow suite?  And
> specifically including embosser settings?
>
> More background - and example:
>
> Student "A" normally uses a Braille Blazer - 34 cells by 25
> lines.  But student "B" prefers 32 cells by 25 lines.  They
> can use any of 20-30 different PC's in the Library, or maybe
> even the same PC.
>
> So we are back to the question of embosser settings per
> machine (PC) or per user.
>
> Argument against per user:
>
> It means that each user, of which there could be dozens, has
> to set up their own configurations.  Lots of work.
>
> Argument for per user:
>
> - No more conflict with embosser settings.
>
> - Is in keeping with general Windows "Roving Profile"
> principles.
>
> O.K.  I'll duck below the wire for now.
>
> George.
>
>
>
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