[duxhelp] Re: Question 99 - Embosser Setup

Hi Jack,

"computer expertise appears to be lower among students in
the U.K."

I'd like to know what you base THAT statement on?

But that said, a student may be told that they can emboss
their work to ABC embosser, which may be close by, or even a
million miles away.

In fact, they often don't actually want to emboss their work
at that time, just prepare it for their chosen embosser -
which could even be on the network in their halls of
residence.  (And I have many cases of that requirement)

George.

 

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[mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jack
Maartman
Sent: 17 March 2005 22:52
To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [duxhelp] Re: Question 99 - Embosser Setup

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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