This is George's first attempt at explaining the differences in the upcoming version of dbt, regarding embosser settings. Just thought you might like to have a peek.
At 03:32 PM 7/10/2004, you wrote:
Sorry this is going to be a long one, but it is an important Subject which I am sure may be the cause of much technical support and discussion after release.
I know there has been a lot of off-list discussion on this topic on a per incident basis, but as I am about to launch into writing Help, I'd appreciate some feedback and comment generally, since there has not been a great deal of open list discussion.
So please allow me to try and explain what it's all about. Even if you only have one embosser, you might want to read on.
Hopefully David and Peter will correct any errors I make, and fill in some of the gaps.
Initially it is vital to appreciate that DBT 10.5 now contains Embosser and Printer Setup options in the Document menu, AS WELL AS the Global menu. To all intents and purposes, they essentially LOOK the same, and operationally they work the same.
DBT 10.5's own individual files now hold much more of what in "Microsoft Speak" is known as, "Sticky Document Information". This will become more apparent as we proceed here.
Let's first deal with the Global: Embosser Setup.
First, the biggest single difference in the Embosser Setup of 10.5 is that you can now set up a whole variety of "Braille Device" configurations. If you are lucky enough to have access to more than one embosser, you will doubtless really appreciate this change. Even if you only have one embosser, but perhaps change paper sizes from time to time, you may also benefit.
Second, you can now set up a new embosser with more or less any name you choose. For example, "Main Production Machine", "Proof Reading Embosser", "Fred", "Mary" or whatever you like to call it. This is the name you will see when you later make a selection of embosser. They can all be for the same make and model of embosser, or different ones.
Third, when you choose an actual embosser make and model from the very extensive list, DBT now has details about the various embossers, such as maximum characters per line, maximum lines per page, etc., and therefore will not let you exceed the manufacturer's specification when setting things up. (Do try this out!)
Fourth, and for the technically inclined, these embosser parameters are stored in a text based file called "emb.elt". By all means look at this file in a text editor such as Notepad, but DO NOT open or edit this file in DBT. This file is at the heart of controlling embossers, and so finally we will begin to see the dog wagging the tail - er sorry - DBT controlling the embosser, instead of the other way round. Make a copy of emb.elt before you make any changes!! Screw this file up, and you'll very likely end up at the funny farm. [J.R. - I owe you a message on this!]
Fifth, you will find that the various dialogs may or may not display certain set-up items depending on whether or not your embosser supports those features. For example, a Braille Blazer will not allow you to access, "Emboss in Interpoint" or "Interline". If you are barred from a feature you believe should be there, or have access to one which should not, please yell loudly.
Sixth, when you add a new configuration, or edit an existing configuration, you will find THREE Tabs. General, Device Settings and Advanced. In the main, we expect that 95% of users will only need to deal with the General tab. However, please familiarise yourself with the contents of the other two.
Seventh, on the main Embosser Setup screen, you have a drop down Form selection list. Hopefully this covers the popular sizes of paper used. However. although I won't cover this here, it is possible to add custom forms, as well as delete sizes never used in the emb.elt file.
Finally, for now anyway, please remember that whatever "Brailler Device" you highlight in the list, will become your DEFAULT for all new documents. (But read on)
The bottom line is to use GLOBAL: Embosser Setup to define embossers and configurations which you use on a regular day to day basis.
The same applies to Global: Printer Setup, but here you may only set up one default ink printer. That said, you can change this globally at any time. The choice is not set in stone.
Let's now move to the Document: Embosser Setup.
The principal and absolute golden rule here is to remember that the Setup here applies to your CURRENT in-focus document.
When you open a new document, the default embosser configuration will be the one you highlighted in the Global: Embosser Setup. If you only have one embosser configuration, you will not need to worry.
However, if you have two or more configurations, you should ideally make sure via DOCUMENT: Embosser Setup that the embosser configuration is the right one.
Now if you suddenly decide that you want to change say characters per line for this document, you MUST change it through the Document menu, or Ctrl + F11. Doing it in the Global menu will have absolutely no effect on the current document, other than for any new documents created. I dare say this will confuse hardened DBT users, but I'm afraid that's progress. Many, many users wanted multiple embosser setups.
Finally, when you save your document, it will retain whatever you have set up for THAT document, including what embosser was used. Consequently, if you re-open a document days, weeks, or months later, you only have to look at DOCUMENT: Embosser Setup to see what its settings are. Which hopefully explains what we mean by "Sticky Document Information".
Ink Printer-wise, the same applies, but you can change the ink printer used for that document.
It goes without saying that the embossing module is about THE most important part of DBT after the translation engine. This is a broad overview, but I will appreciate hearing about points that you don't quite understand. If you guys don't understand it, sure as eggs are eggs, regular users won't either, and so I will have to find better ways of explaining things.
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