Standards

Standards List: Adaptive Technology

Braille Translation Software

The Department of Human Services has made a Statement of Assurance to provide comparable access for individuals with disabilities. In compliance with the ADA, which makes it unlawful to discriminate in employment against a qualified individual with a disability, employers must reasonably accommodate the disabilities of qualified applicants or employees, unless undue hardship would result.

  • BIT will set standards for assistive devices.
  • Telecommunications will set standards for the support of devices.
  • Bureau of Personnel will set standards for training employees with disabilities in the use of standard devices.

This technology will be applied to individual computers as new technology. This technology will be available to all employees requiring assistive technology.

Duxbury for Windows

Whether blind or sighted, Duxbury software comes up as a standard modern application, fully accessible and fully in tune with the latest advances in operating systems and sister applications.

The menus and screens in DBT for Macintosh and DBT for MS-DOS are essentially the same as DTB Win, apart from differences inherent in the operating systems. The files are completely compatible across platforms.

Most people understand the basics about Braille: that it provides a reading medium for blind people, using “cells” made up of raised dots in various patterns instead of the characters used in regular print. But many people do not realize that the cells-for-characters substitutions are not typically, on a one-for-one basis. The process is especially complicated in languages such as English and French where “grade 2” Braille is used, involving “contractions” that are based in part upon pronunciation. Formatting of Braille pages also involves issues beyond those affecting print. DBT provides translation and formatting facilities to automate the process of conversion from regular print to Braille (and vice versa), and also provides work-processing facilities for working directly in the Braille, as well as the print. “Fonts” are used for displaying Braille. DBT is designed for two types – those who don’t know Braille and those who do.

Full specs at Duxbury.com

Features

DBT is simple to use. Yet its depth, power and accuracy are such that it is used by most of the major Braille production centers throughout the world. The current version provides the following features:

  • Built-in interline printing to have ink-Braille and print together. This makes an easy proofing and teaching tool.
  • Math/Science Code and Computer Braille translation for American, British, and French Braille.
  • Intermediate levels (between grade 1 and 2) for American and British Braille
  • The ability to include tactile graphics files for mixed text-and-graphic documents
  • Imports from popular word processors including Microsoft Word and WordPerfect, HTML, ICDD, DAISY/NISO/NIMAS, formatted and plain ASCII, earlier Braille editors such as EDGAR and Polkadot, Duxbury’s own historical file formats, and more.
  • Bidirectional (print-to-Braille and Braille-to-print) translation
  • American textbook layout according to Braille Authority of North America (BANA) standards
  • Accurate presentation of both print or Braille in either WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) or coded how-you-get-what-you-want) views in the word-processing screen, with easy switching between views
  • A “translated line” showing the “other” form in either print or Braille files
  • Six-key chording for Braille and print entry, not timing-based, compatible with most keyboards
  • Help screens throughout the program
  • Over 100 formatting and translation codes for a high level of flexibility
  • A library of user-configurable styles
  • A user-extendable template library for even more flexibility
  • A spell-checker with 300,000-word dictionary
  • A “Quick Find Misspelling” feature for increased speed and ease of use
  • Embossing to all major Braille printers; the first page may be a “banner” for job identification by personnel who don’t read Braille
  • Choice of single-user, site & other licenses
  • Unlimited technical support by telephone, email, fax, etc.
  • All Internet user forum to communicate with other Duxbury users.
  • 90 day satisfaction guarantee

Last Updated: 02/28/2017
Last Reviewed: 11/29/2017



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