[bksvol-discuss] paragraph indents in BRF
- From: "Estelnalissi" <airadil@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2006 16:06:55 -0400
Dear Volunteer Friends,
Here is a question I should know but am still iffy about. I'm validating a
somewhat technical book where clear indications of the lay out would help
visual and braille readers.
I realize I can indicate a paragraph with a hard return, but then the new
paragraph starts in the first space beside the left margin.
Because the print in this book is dense and the formatting complex, it would
help anyone seeing the book to see the paragraphs indented as they are in
the original text. I'd like to show the indents well enough to help anyone
using vision to find them , but not indent so many spaces that it would
confuse the tools or make the gap too wide to be convenient for braille
Visually, it appears that 3 space indents can be seen without much trouble,
but are 3 too many spaces? Will the tools ignore them and start the
paragraph flush with the margin anyway? Will the braille reader find 3 blank
spaces at the start of paragraphs, or more, or less?
You can tell I'm not a visual Bookshare reader. My first choice for reading
books from the collection is in braille on my braille note. I do listen to
Daisy downloads converted to HTML, but can't tell whether the paragraphs in
any of them actually look indented.
In the other book I'm validating, a novel, I've justified the left margin
for the whole book, indicating paragraphs with one hard return. It seems to
me that in this book it isn't so needful for a sighted person to see
paragraph indentations, but in the other book, seeing them would be a
tremendous help to a dyslexic or partially sighted reader to navigate the
Thanks in advance for your facts or opinions.
Always with love,
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