[duxhelp] Re: DBT 10.6 SR1 beta test
- From: "Peter Sullivan" <peter@xxxxxxxxxx>
- To: <duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2006 10:15:04 -0400
The last release was sometime on August 15. The date associated with the
.exe is July 13 or perhaps July 27; I'm just not certain which after a quick
Regardless, the autobuild log was cleared upon release, so you'll only see
new stuff there. Or, just read the attached file, which is a draft of the
beta home page for SR1.
From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Jack Maartman
Sent: Tuesday, December 12, 2006 6:35 AM
Subject: [duxhelp] Re: DBT 10.6 SR1 beta test
Do you know the date of the last releas? Can I check this from the date
associated with dbtw.exe. If that is acurate, I should be able to get onto
"partners", and get a sense of what will be addressed in this release.
I have moved. For anyone who wishes to contact me by snail-mail or phone,
my contact data below.
Apt 501, 420 Eglinton Avenue east,
Toronto Ontario, M4P 1L8
----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter Sullivan" <peter@xxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, December 12, 2006 7:37 AM
Subject: [duxhelp] DBT 10.6 SR1 beta test
> Beta Testers,
> We're readying ourselves for a quick beta test of DBT 10.6 Service Release
> 1, presumably to commence at the start of next week. A separate
> announcement will follow.
> It is a tough time of year for many of us to find time to look at new
> software. We'll certainly appreciate any effort you can put in.
> If you would like to be removed from this mailing list, but remain in the
> beta program, or if you'd like to be removed from the beta program
> altogether, please let me know. You can reach me at peter@xxxxxxxxxxx
> You can also write to me, or to our webmaster (David Holladay:
> david@xxxxxxxxxx) if you don't remember how to access your account on
> partners.duxburysystems.com. You'll need to access that account to
> the beta software when it becomes available.
> Best Regards,
> Peter Sullivan
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Title: DBT 10.6 SR1 Beta Program Home Page
Welcome to the DBT 10.6 SR1 Beta Program
There are four goals to this beta program. We want to get feedback most
especially about two Featured Improvements, gather initial responses
about some upcoming major improvements, and, at the same time, we
want to keep this beta test period as short and focused as possible.
The four goals in detail are:
- We want to try out DBT's improved Daisy/NISO importer with NIMAS
files. With NIMAC now operating as a clearinghouse for electronic
files for grade school textbooks in the US, proper handling of
these files is very important, and we want to hear how things are
working with real-world documents.
- We want to get DBT onto Microsoft Vista installations. We've tested
DBT 10.6 SR1 internally with Vista, and believe that it is fully
compatible, with one exception, as described below. We want to
verify Vista compatibility through the beta testing process.
- We want to get early feedback on several upcoming features. These
are available in DBT 10.6 SR1 only if you opt to enable them. We
call these "Alpha" features because we know they're not ready for
use and presume that they won't be ready for use when DBT 10.6 SR1
ships. You can read more about the Alpha features by clicking on the
last of the Quick Links, below.
- We wish to get DBT 10.6 SR1 shipping as soon as possible. As such, we
hope that you'll consider putting it to real-world use. The major
changes since DBT 10.6 are mostly bug fixes. So we'll certainly be
willing to extend the beta period if problems arise with the Daisy/NISO
importer or with installation in Windows Vista, but with regard to the
"Alpha" features, we are just gathering initial feedback at this point
and won't delay shipping DBT 10.6 SR1 even for very serious problems
with these features.
DBT 10.6 SR1 Release Candidate 1 (posted 2006-12-00)
DBT 10.6 SR1 Release Candidate 1 is available as a Windows Installer package (dbt-1006sr1rc1.msi). DBT 10.6 SR1
may be installed over DBT 10.6, on a computer without DBT, or on a computer
with any earlier version of DBT. If DBT 10.6 is already installed, we
recommend not removing it before installing DBT 10.6 SR1.
Changes Since DBT 10.6
Here is a list of what's new since DBT 10.6:
- Daisy/NIMAS imports have been greatly improved. When appropriate, the
Daisy-specific document template is automatically selected, avoiding a
common problem with these documents.
- DBT can now be installed in Windows Vista. (But note that slsService
is not Vista-compatible, so if activation is to be shared among many
computers, the computer holding the activation must not be running
Vista. Other computers certainly can.)
- DBT's responsiveness while editing a document should be improved
in some environments where sluggishness, or even an extreme lag,
has been reported.
- Applying a linear style will no longer remove a [fte~i] or similar
code at the end of a line.
- DBT will no longer corrupt a document when deleting a code with a
matching code that includes a number or a parameter (e.g. deleting
[ptye] after [ptys2]).
- The list of open documents in the View menu is working more reliably.
- Replace all no longer corrupts documents when bullets and similar
characters are replaced.
- When attempting to insert a Braille document into a print document
or vice versa, DBT will now refuse to do so, rather than just display an
error and proceed with the insert.
- Rendering of [gd] code in coded view is corrected.
- The [caplv], [ftlv], and [xcs] codes have been added to the code
list (F5 list). These codes are honored by DBT 10.6, but could
not be entered via the code list.
Translation and Formatting Improvements
- Support has been added for Amharic, Khmer, and Ukrainian translation.
- The Farsi table has been updated so that two variant letter forms
are treated the same as the corresponding regular Arabic letter
forms, i.e. U+06a9 Arabic letter keheh = variant of U+0643 Arabic
letter kaf Arabic letter farsi yeh = variant of U+064a Arabic
- The Khmer (Cambodian) print-to-braille table (kmaacp.btb) has been
updated so that U+200B (Zero Width Space) is translated to an
optional line break.
- The Lithuanian braille-to-print table (ltaacb.btb) has been
updated to process Lithuanian text properly as such, including the
special Lithuanian letters. (Formerly it was a placeholder
suitable only for the Latin-1 letters and embedded English.)
- The English/Unified print-to-braille table, enuncp.btb, has been
updated (to version 2;8 061024) in order to correct an infinite
loop that would occur when [vrn~ida] (informal treatment of
hyphen, as requested in Australia) was in effect and a capitalized
passage was encountered that in fact also contained some digits.
- The "new" English/British print-to-braille translation table
(enbrcp.btb) has been updated so that:
- When suppressing capitals ([caplv1] in effect), code [ii] (as in
the "acronym" style) will not cause an unwanted extra letter sign
when applied to an acronymn that coincidentally is a Roman
numeral, e.g. CD or VI.
- Dots 456, 34 instead of just 34 is used for all explicit fractions
in math as well as the literary oblique stroke.
- The Quebec table has been updated to implement [fts...] ... [fte...]
emphasis tagging in the same manner as the "pre-Unified" French
- A problem with the translation process, which affected American
translations only, has been corected. The problem could cause word
capitalization to be handled incorrectly in some cases within the
ordinary text following the first reference to a computer notation
style (such as compinline or compdisplay).
- DBT will no longer introduce spurious skipped lines within
- Several running header problems have been fixed, notably that a
[tld] (discontinue running head) on the same page as [tls]
... [tle] (set running head) would cause a lockup (endless
internal loop) in DBT when "anticipatory headers" mode is in
effect (as for British practice);
- The formatter has been improved to guard against lockups even
when due to yet-undiscovered problems.
- Some helpful tips for Vista users have been added to the online help.
- Indexing of online help has been improved.
- Several new screen shots have been added to "The Menus".
- "Table and Style Example" has been added to "Working with Word",
which hopefully sheds a glimmer of light on very basic table
- French documentation ("Manuel d'utilisation DBT 10.6") has been
updated to reflect use of DBT 10.6.
- The [xcs] code is documented in Codes Quick Reference. (The code is
not new, but it was undocumented in DBT 10.6.)
GOODFEEL Integration Improvements
- Improved stability and performance when GOODFEEL is used to embed
transcribed music in a document.
Embosser Support Improvements
- The Modify Embosser and Remove buttons in DBT's Global Embosser
Setup dialog will be disabled when it appears that a user will be
unable to save the resulting change. This applies to any user
not running "As Administrator" in Vista.
- The Embosser Setup configuration editing dialog (the dialog with
General, Device Settings, and Advanced tabs) will now lock a
limited user, or anybody not running "As Administrator" in Vista,
into saving a configuration "For the current user only".
- Global Embosser Setup will now give an error message after any
failure to save changes to embosser definitions.
- To the Braillo 200/400 series, we added esc R 0 to the start up
sequence. This sets the "page adjust" offset to zero. This is not
an issue unless you manually set the "page adjust" parameter to a
non-zero value and then DBT failed to reset this to zero. This
change fixes a problem for at least one customer.
- Added support for the ViewPlus Emprint.
- Fixed a braille spacing problem when interline print is included
in output to Tiger embossers.
- Control-Z has been added to the end of output for Index embossers and
others that require it.
- Interpoint alignment on narrow paper has been improved for Index
- Multi-Copy output to pre-Model 3 Index embossers has been corrected.
- New keywords PortCloseSyncCount, PortCloseSyncByte, and
PortCloseSyncPrompt are supported in emb.elt and myemb.elt. These
are documented in emb.elt. They should not generally be
necessary, except, in rare cases, when data is lost at the end of
any embossing job, and the problem is not solvable using other
handshaking adjustments. PortCloseSyncPrompt has in fact been
added for the PED-30, which will otherwise lose part of the last
page of data.
- Syntax errors in myemb.elt will no longer cause a crash.
- Sequences in the form <Ctrl-X> within embosser configuration
custom job setup strings will now work.
- Duxbury's embosser "drivers" now support a form offset. This is
an advanced configuration feature that has been put to use on a
PED-30 with plates that are less than the maximum width.
Improvements for Microsoft Word
- SWIFT has been updated to have a new Word 2007 interface. SWIFT will also
give you an error with some instructions if you attempt to use it to open
an OpenXML document in DBT.
- The updated "Francais - 2006.dxt" is included in DBT distributions.
- Word imports are more robust when encountering paragraph numbering
information in an unrecognized format.
- Start value overrides in auto-numbered documents are handled
- Text boxes now import from Word 2003 documents.
- See also Word 2007 Support and
MathType Support, below.)
Improvements for Scientific Notebook
- Added support for \lnot (logical not) and \implies.
- Fixed problems with spurious spaces after some function names.
- Fixed problems with sinh and real
- Fixed a variety of problems with fraction levels.
JAWS Script Improvements
- Removed laptop keyboard layout designation for keystrokes Alt+0
and Alt+P; added laptop keyboard layout designation for keystrokes
JawsKey+U, JawsKey+I, etc.
- When switching DBT back into focus in a braille document window,
you no longer get extra keyboard echo (QWERTY echo plus braille
- When you press Alt+F3 the announcement of coded view or formatted
view is no longer out of phase with JAWS versions 7 and up.
- Braille-Build has been modified to introduce a visible space character in
the SimBraille font (U+00B7)
- Braille-Build will honor a custom font name you specify, without altering it.
- Dot diameter adjustments are now honored.
- The fonts have been updated to version 1.10.
- Generated fonts should be compatible with MacOS X.
- Cancel button in Global Printer Setup and Document Printer Setup now
works without side effects.
- DBT will now be more fully compatible with the LaserJet 6P and
other new and full-featured printers.
- The prompt to remove temporary files, which typically followed after
appearance of the Autosave Recovery Wizard, has been removed.
- SGML will now import when the file type was selected by the user
rather than autodetected.
- Global, Other Importer has been removed. This feature has not been
in common use for many years.
- User-defined import filters, broken in DBT 10.6, are working again.
- DBT's installer now traps processor exceptions in the custom
action code (dxwst.dll) and logs any failure to the normal log
file. To get at the information, one must run the installer with
sufficient logging enabled: e.g. /L*v <logfilename> on the
- A broader range of characters (specifically, numeric entity
references) will be recognized by the HTML/SGML importer.
Features in Alpha Testing
The features listed below are built into DBT 10.6 SR1, but are not
yet fully supported, because we don't feel that they're yet ready
for production use, or at least have not been sufficiently tested.
These features are also not enabled when you first install DBT 10.6
SR1, but can be enabled by following the instructions given with
We strongly encourage you to try these features out, if they are
of interest. Though they are almost certain to remain disabled when
DBT 10.6 SR1 ships, you'll be able to go on using them, if you find
them useful. And we hope that your feedback will allow us to make
them more generally available with a major update release in spring 2007.
Word 2007 Support
Microsoft Word 2007 represents a very major departure from earlier
versions of Microsoft Word. The user interface has been completely
overhauled. SWIFT, the general-purpose DBT add-in for Word, has
been updated to work through the new user interface of Word.
But DBT is not yet normally able to read Word 2007 files. So a
Word 2007 user must normally save documents in the older file format
to work with DBT.
To enable prototype Word 2007 support, open the file here. This file will modify your registry
to enable DBT to open Word 2007 files. SWIFT will recognize this
change too, and allow you to open Word 2007 files directly from
within Word. (But note that SWIFT does not recognize Word 2007
files within earlier versions of Word.)
Word 2007 support does allow you to read mathematics material
created using Word's new Equation Editor. You can also read
mathematics material created using MathType or earlier versions of
Equation Editor, if you've enabled additional Alpha features,
DBT can open simple OpenOffice Writer and OpenOffice Calc (spreadsheet)
files if you enable support by opening the file
here. This file will modify your
registry to enable DBT to open these files.
If you have MathType 5 installed, DBT can use it to directly import
MathType and Equation Editor objects (mathematics expressions) in
Word 97-2003. (In fact, if you've also enabled Word 2007 support,
as described above, DBT can use MathType 5 to read MathType objects
within Word 2007 files too.)
To enable this feature, open the file here.
This file will modify your registry to enable DBT to use MathType 5
as a file importing aid.
Equation Editor Support
If you do not have MathType 5 installed, DBT may still be able to
read MathType and Equation Editor objects in Word files. However,
this feature is purely experimental, and may never be
supported. However, if it is of interest, you can enable DBT's
direct importing of MathType and Equation Editor objects by opening
the file here. This file will
modify your registry to enable DBT to read MathType and Equation
Editor objects directly.
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