Re: To Braille or Not to Braille

Michael:

Having been a transcriber and a producer of braille, I used to proofread my
documents using JAWS and a braille display.

Having done that, I then embossed a copy, I proofread the hardcopy first,
then My wife and a friend who is a certified transcriber/proofreader read
the hard copy, to see if they could find additional formatting and other
errors in the file.  If they did, I would then make the appropriate changes
to the computer copy before adding the front page and table of contents for
each volume.

For those of you who purchased JAWS between 1997 and 2001 and received a
braille quick reference guide, with your copy of JAWS, I am guilty, it was
me, yours truly that produced those braille quick reference guides for
Henter-Joyce/Freedom Scientific.

Sincerely:

Dave Durber

----- Original Message -----
From: "Michael Arnowitt" <MA@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 6:30 PM
Subject: Re: To Braille or Not to Braille


> I would say literacy is more a matter of how much time and effort
> you're willing to spend. Jaws can spell out any word for you and
> speak punctuation. Whenever I hear a name on the radio these days now
> that I am blind I do get curious as to its spelling, and I find
> knowing the spelling makes me remember words and names much better.
> You don't even need to know any fancy Jaws command to read letter by
> letter, just put the cursor at the beginning of the word and right
> arrow one by one. Jaws could be a way to increase literacy, if you're
> willing to take the time.
>
> I don't do texting, but from what I understand nobody spells out
> words in texts, or intentionally misspells them, and these are mostly
> sighted people working in a purely visual medium. It's part of the
> times, not just a disease of the so-called illiterate blind. And I
> have heard some very good writers say they proofread their writing by
> reading it aloud. I certainly catch mistakes in my writing through
> Jaws' speech output. So to me, there's really no superiority or
> inferiority to learning language by writing, hearing, or feeling it.
> It's really more a question of do you have the motivation and energy
> to make the effort.
>
> Michael
>
>
>
>
>
> Dave wrote:
> >Jerry,
> >
> >Good point. and to make another point that was mentioned in this
> >forum, a very important aspect to learning and reading Braille is in
> >learning how to spell.
> >
> >I've seen far too many posters on various lists for the blind who
> >are writing at a 2nd grade level. It is clear to me that they are
> >spelling strictly based on how a word sounds
>
>
>
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