[duxhelp] Re: degrees centigrade in the British code

  • From: "Peter Sullivan" <peter@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 10 May 2006 14:59:15 -0400

Joanie,

It doesn't apparently present itself in the underlying file as U+F0B0,
though that may be what is used to render it on screen.

- Peter

-----Original Message-----
From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Joanmarie Diggs
Sent: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 2:49 PM
To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [duxhelp] Re: degrees centigrade in the British code

I was curious since a 53 in hex is not only not a degree symbol, but it's
not a not a left paren either.  Therefore, I copied the text and pasted it
into notepad.  It showed up as a non-printing character.  Then I asked JAWS
what it was.  Assuming JAWS is reporting it correctly, this symbol is
Unicode character f0b0 which falls in the range of numbers reserved for
"private use."  

Very interesting.... Granted I'm bored with what I was working on. (grin)
Does the UK version of Word have symbols that we over here cannot insert?

--Joanie

> -----Original Message-----
> From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Joanmarie Diggs
> Sent: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 2:08 PM
> To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [duxhelp] Re: degrees centigrade in the British code
> 
> You know, I just tossed JAWS at it and while it visually looks like a 
> degree symbol, JAWS speaks it as a left paren.
> Then I put in a degree symbol, which JAWS speaks correctly. 
> According to JAWS the original symbol is 53 in hex, whereas the degree 
> symbol is B0.
> 
> Joanie
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > [mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Peter Sullivan
> > Sent: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 11:46 AM
> > To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > Subject: [duxhelp] Re: degrees centigrade in the British code
> > 
> > David,
> > 
> > Perhaps Rebecca's proposed approach will work better for you.
> > 
> > But, even if so, I'd like to have a closer look at the problem with 
> > the file you sent.  When I import it to DBT, the degree
> sign is coming
> > in as a left parenthesis.  Is this what you find?
> > 
> > - Peter
> > 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > [mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of David Spybey
> > Sent: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 11:22 AM
> > To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > Subject: [duxhelp] Re: degrees centigrade in the British code
> > 
> > In Word writing degrees centigrade with the degrees sign is not 
> > simple. A symbol for the degrees sign has to be imported
> from symbols
> > (though there may be another way that I do not use). DBT
> does not deal
> > with this correctly, eg word file attached. Is there
> another version
> > of the degrees sign which DBTR does work with?
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > David Spybey
> > 
> >  
> > 
> >  
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > [mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of George Bell
> > Sent: 09 May 2006 19:39
> > To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > Subject: [duxhelp] Re: Strange file containing brackets
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > I'm on your side here, Peter.  SR1 will come soon enough.
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > George.
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > 
> > From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > 
> > [mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Peter
> > 
> > Sullivan
> > 
> > Sent: 09 May 2006 17:36
> > 
> > To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > 
> > Subject: [duxhelp] Re: Strange file containing brackets
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > George,
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > I will look into this.
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > But it is increasingly unlikely that anything will be done
> > 
> > about it before the release of DBT 10.6.  We are already
> > 
> > about a month behind our original schedule, there are about
> > 
> > a year's worth of important fixes already in the software,
> > 
> > and customers waiting for these.
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > - Peter
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > 
> > From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > 
> > [mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of George
> > 
> > Bell
> > 
> > Sent: Tuesday, May 09, 2006 12:33 PM
> > 
> > To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > 
> > Subject: [duxhelp] Re: Strange file containing brackets
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > Peter,
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > I fear we have perhaps stepped into a veritable mine field
> > 
> > with this.
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > I've just done a quick experiment with a couple of Word's
> > 
> > Headings.  DBT seems to ignore Bold and Italics, not just
> > 
> > for the entire heading, but for individual words selected
> > 
> > and changed "for emphasis", such is the second line of the
> > 
> > attached.
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > George. 
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > 
> > From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > 
> > [mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Peter
> > 
> > Sullivan
> > 
> > Sent: 09 May 2006 17:24
> > 
> > To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > 
> > Subject: [duxhelp] Re: Strange file containing brackets
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > George,
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > I haven't gone back to visit David's file since receiving
> > 
> > some extra information from him this morning.
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > But what you propose does make some sense as a possible
> > 
> > source of the trouble.
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > The goal of DBT's importer is to indicate emphasis, not to
> > 
> > show typographical convention.
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > Consider the case of a level-two heading style in Word,
> > 
> > where text set in the style is automatically italicized.
> > 
> > The italics should not normally be shown in braille (at
> > 
> > least not per the rules with which I'm most familiar)
> > 
> > because the italics are a typographical convention, not an
> > 
> > indication of emphasis.  Instead, the braille should show
> > 
> > un-emphasized text set as a level-two heading.
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > But further consider that the user wants to italicize text
> > 
> > within the line
> > 
> > -- to indicate a word or two that are particularly
> > 
> > emphasized within the heading.  The print convention for
> > 
> > this is to revert the emphasized words to the non-italicized
> > 
> > form.  DBT attempts to indicate the emphasis then by looking
> > 
> > for places where the text is in a typographical form
> > 
> > distinct from what is defined for the paragraph style in
> > 
> > which it is defined.
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > All of which is to say that the code is attempting to be be
> > 
> > pretty "smart"
> > 
> > in cases that we considered during the design phase of the
> > 
> > Word importer; and it may simply be getting tripped up on
> > 
> > itself when it encounters the case that David brought to our
> > 
> > attention.
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > - Peter
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > 
> > From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > 
> > [mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of George
> > 
> > Bell
> > 
> > Sent: Tuesday, May 09, 2006 12:15 PM
> > 
> > To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > 
> > Subject: [duxhelp] Re: Strange file containing brackets
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > Hi David and Peter,
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > This appears to be one of those nasty, nasty Wordisms that
> > 
> > has driven us bonkers for ages.
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > If you look very closely at the Bold version of the file,
> > 
> > you will see that ONLY the letter is italicised.
> > 
> >  
> > 
> >  
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > Now highlight (A) and click on the Italic Icon.
> > 
> >  
> > 
> >  
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > Note how the A is no longer Italicised.
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > I could be wrong, but in removing the Italics and Bold (per
> > 
> > David's non-bold file), I suspect what Word is actually
> > 
> > doing, is to put an "Invert Character Attribute" code in
> > 
> > (which perhaps DBT is not picking up), rather than
> > 
> > "removing" the attribute itself.
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > Then again, as the colloquialism goes, I could be "away with
> > 
> > the fairies".
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > George.
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > ________________________________
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > 
> > [mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of David
> > 
> > Spybey
> > 
> > Sent: 09 May 2006 16:06
> > 
> > To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > 
> > Subject: [duxhelp] Strange file containing brackets
> > 
> >  
> > 
> >  
> > 
> >  
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > Peter
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > Most of the material that I prepare starts off as a print
> > 
> > file for our partially sighted pupils and it is usually in
> > 
> > large print and bold. I sometimes forget unbold the whole
> > 
> > document before translating it hence the bold version of the
> > 
> > file I got the strange results with. As a rule I would
> > 
> > expect all the bold and other unnecessary emphasis marking
> > 
> > to be removed as it is not helpful to the Braille reader.
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > In the file I sent I can see that the capital A is in
> > 
> > italics but I would still not expect to get what is
> > 
> > happening but rather
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > 7.,a7
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > Whilst I might prefer it to have no italic sign at all I
> > 
> > would not expect DBT to understand my preference if I am
> > 
> > perverse enough to ask it to translate a file that I have
> > 
> > provided with italics in it!
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > There is clearly something peculiar about the files I sent
> > 
> > but I cannot see what it is. 
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > David Spybey
> > 
> >  
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > 
> > From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > 
> > [mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Peter
> > 
> > Sullivan
> > 
> > Sent: 08 May 2006 19:36
> > 
> > To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > 
> > Subject: [duxhelp] Re: handing of numbered lists in
> > 
> > documents
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > David,
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > Thanks for sending the .tex files (off-list).  As you
> > 
> > mentioned, these
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > aren't really necessary to my analysis, because the problem
> > 
> > shows up also
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > (or perhaps exclusively) when importing from Word.
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > I'm now puzzled about what you want in the translation in
> > 
> > this case.  You
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > mention that you would expect (A) to be: 7;,a7
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > Does that mean that you expect emphasis markings to be
> > 
> > ignored in this case?
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > - Peter
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > 
> > [mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > Behalf Of David Spybey
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > Sent: Friday, May 05, 2006 4:34 AM
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > Subject: [duxhelp] Re: handing of numbered lists in
> > 
> > documents
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > Peter
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > The file that caused the problem is attached. However I need
> > 
> > to amend what I
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > have said slightly.
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > I used Word2Tex, as I usually do, to change the file into a
> > 
> > .tex file that
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > SN will read. I did not check the SN file before using DBT
> > 
> > and got the
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > result I mentioned. Looking more closely at the WORD
> > 
> > original the A was
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > italic not the closing bracket. In SN this came out as the
> > 
> > opening bracket
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > in text the A and the closing bracket in Math and hence the
> > 
> > result I got in
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > DBT. I should have spotted this fact so apologies for giving
> > 
> > a false
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > impression of the problem.
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > I was going into SN because of all the mathematics that was
> > 
> > in the WORD file
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > in MathType and the route I follow gets that into reasonable
> > 
> > braille
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > mathematics. However, if you ignore the mathematics issues
> > 
> > and just got
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > straight into DBT from the files I have attached the The
> > 
> > results of going
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > straight into DBT
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > The version with (A) in bold gives
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > 7..,a.'.17.'
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > And the version witgh (A) in non bold gives
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > .7.,a.17.'
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > Whereas I would expect (A) to be
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > 7;,a7
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > as happens in other files. So there must be something rather
> > 
> > peculiar about
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > the two WORD files that I have attached. I have looked at
> > 
> > them but cannot
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > see what would cause such peculiar results.
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > David
> > 
> >  
> > 
> >  
> > 
> >  
> > 
> >  
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > 
> > [mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > Behalf Of Peter Sullivan
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > Sent: 04 May 2006 16:56
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > Subject: [duxhelp] Re: handing of numbered lists in
> > 
> > documents
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > David,
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > Do you have a sample file in the format from which you
> > 
> > started (e.g. Word,
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > Scientific Notebook, text, or HTML)?
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > - Peter
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > 
> > [mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > Behalf Of David Spybey
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > Sent: Thursday, May 04, 2006 3:02 AM
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > Subject: [duxhelp] Re: handing of numbered lists in
> > 
> > documents
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > Peter
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > It is strange how mistakes show up errors!
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > I have just had
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > (A)
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > translated as
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > 7,a>
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > rather than 7,a7
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > I could not understand why until I realised that the closing
> > 
> > bracket was in
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > italics by mistake. However I am not sure why DBT translated
> > 
> > this as it did.
> > 
> >  
> > 
> > David Spybey
> > 
> >  
> > 
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