[duxhelp] Re: Global and Document Embosser and Printer Setup

  • From: "Peter Sullivan" <peter@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2004 10:39:47 -0400


I believe that a template is advisable, but it is certainly not required.

You could instead visit the Document, Embosser setup dialog for each new
dialog.  You had proposed to do this anyhow, in order to choose which
embosser to use for this document.  However, if you do things this way, you
must both choose an embosser configuration and set the cells per line
according to your needs.

- Peter 

-----Original Message-----
From: duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:duxhelp-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf Of Christian Coudert
Sent: Tuesday, July 13, 2004 10:33 AM
To: duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [duxhelp] Re: Global and Document Embosser and Printer Setup

Hello George:

Thanks for all these useful explanations.

But I'll now explain one of my most frequent usage; and if I'm right I have
to define a template to use one of my two usual configurations.

1st embosser setup:
Index Everest-D
30 cells per line
27 lines per page
Top margin 1.

2st embosser setup:
AVH Printing Department
Characters per line: 28
(all other settings are identical to the 1st embosser setup).

I was persuaded (before Peter's explanation) that I was able to set all
these settings only in the main dialog. But whenever I chose one of these
two embossers, I lost the size of the page and the top margin.
Then I ghought (before Peter's explanation) that I had to define my settings
Document: Embosser setup, instead of Global: Embosser setup. The result was
similar: whenever I switched from one embosser to the other one, the
mentioned line lenght was never 30 or 28 cells.

For me this behaviour does not appear quite logical -- according to my
needs. If for my document A I wish 30 cells and for my document B 28 cells,
the only way to define this is to create two templates. I would have been
pleased to be able to choose my number of cells without using a template but
only using an Embosser Setup.

So for your documentation, I think it will be very useful to explain these

Thanks for your job!

Best wishes.

----- Message d'origine -----
De : "George Bell" <george@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> À : <duxhelp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Envoyé : dimanche 11 juillet 2004 03:32 Objet : [duxhelp] Global and
Document Embosser and Printer Setup

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

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

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

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.

Many thanks,

George Bell.

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