[bksvol-discuss] Re: Questions about brackets, Braille translation, and multiple spaces between words

  • From: "Maria Kristic" <maria6289@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 22 Dec 2006 19:57:08 -0500

Hi Jamie,

Thanks much for the follow-up/clarification. This is really making me think
that Bookshare's using Duxbury as its Braille translator, then. I just
checked, and Duxbury does indeed write out the { and } symbols as words, but
those words are "left-brace" and "right-brace" and not "left bracket" and
"right bracket", but the other info she provided seems consistent with
Duxbury, and still, it's comforting to know that I didn't do something
terribly wrong on the book! It's also nice to know that I can continue to
use brackets, as, like you, I prefer doing it that way (as she said, they're
not common in books, so if I use them, there's a better chance that the
reader will understand that I put them in to denote the front, back, and
inside covers, and that this denotation was not originally in the text).
Anyway, thanks again.

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[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jamie Yates
Sent: Friday, December 22, 2006 1:17 PM
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Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Questions about brackets, Braille translation,
and multiple spaces between words

Ok part of this discussion is my fault in not
completely understanding the brackets. It is this
bracket: { that causes the problem and not this
bracket: [

For those of you who are not sighted (oh duh banging
my head sorry I very very very often forget that many
of you are not sighted) you won't see the brackets but
I think your speech readers will do it.

Anyway the short answer is I can keep doing picture
descriptions with the [] symbols.

This is what she said:

Anytime there is no braille symbol for punctuation
found in print the symbol will appear in Braille as a
written out word - like backslash or tilden or less
than and greater than. That is exactly how I see it in
braille - written out as a word.
And, yes, it is annoying when you are reading a book
and you come across such symbols written out like

The confusion about brackets in Braille is because
there are two types of brackets in print - square-ish
brackets and the ones with kind of squiggley sides.
The square brackets do indded have a Braille symbol.
But I almost never see it used within text in books
and stuff. Its always the other bracket - the one
people use for online hugs - and there's no braille
symbol for that. So it is written out "right bracket"
"left bracket"

So I think these are the symbols that are problems:

Jamie in Michigan

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