[brailleblaster] Re: Latest News

  • From: Chris von See <chris@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: brailleblaster@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2011 09:26:16 -0700

Hi John G -

Thanks for your comments.

I didn't realize that word wrap would be turned off on translated content. I'm not a transcriber, but I would think that requiring a user to scroll horizontally in order to see the entire braille line would be very inconvenient - it's certainly a pain in a normal text editor. This situation may happen fairly often - even if the user has their braille font sized to a more "normal" size - since braille cells are so much wider than their text counterparts, and especially if the user is translating to grade 1 braille.

If a user adds additional lines solely for the purpose of keeping views synchronized, what happens to those lines when a user embosses? How does the tool distinguish a blank line that was added for visual reasons from a blank line added because of braille formatting rules?

I think there is at least one case where turning off synchronized scrolling (or allowing for some sort of re-synchronization) would be appropriate - to allow a transcriber to insert content (braille or text) that exceeds the visible size of the StyledText control. If I'm adding braille preliminary pages, for example, that content may or may not appear in the text but will almost certainly exceed the size of the braille control's visible area (p-pages can run anywhere from five to 100 braille pages depending on the book).


On Jun 6, 2011, at 8:54 AM, John Gardner wrote:

Hi Chris. Below I put my interpretations of what the specs are or maybe
what they are supposed to be.
John G
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Subject: [brailleblaster] Re: Latest News

I have a couple of questions on scrolling two StyledText controls

If a line of text translates into more than one line of braille
JAG: This cannot happen. Word wrap is removed once the text window shows the translation, so the line may go off the page, but it doesn't wrap to another line. Unless a user is using a huge font, this should never happen

or if
the user edits the braille to insert preliminary pages, transcriber's
notes or other additional content that doesn't appear in the text, how
will the scrolling controls behave?
JAG: If a user adds lines or otherwise changes the line formatting, well I presume that the two views will continue to scroll, but the lines will be mismatched below the point where this occurs. A user can put additional lines into both views to keep things synchronized, but she has to do it.

Is the scrolling line-by-line
based on the lines as seen by the StyledText control, will the
synchronization between the two controls be based on whatever content
appears  at the top of each control,
JAG: Yes

or will you use another strategy?
and will end users be able to "un-synchronize" the two StyledText
controls so that they can be scrolled independently?
JAG: No, the user cannot turn off synchronized scrolling.  I see no
overwhelming reason that someone would want to do it.  So KISS.

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