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Podcast released, Blind bargains interviews Jared Rimer for B2K Updates

Its finally here! The podcast I’ve been wanting to do for quite a long time. On this podcast, J.J. from Blind Bargains interviews me with an update to B2K. For full details on the whole development process of B2K’s talking edition, check out the Braille2000 category on this very blog.

Want to check out the podcast? B2K isn’t the only thing covered, but their podcast 212 can now be had.

Thank you J.J. for your continued support of the effort Braille2000 is offering to the community. I hope we can continue to team up when updates worth sharing come up. We’ll be in touch!

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Lesson 18 is passed

After three attempts, assignment 18 is passed.

I would’ve gotten it after one or two if my questions were answered appropriately, but between Braille2000 helping me out as it has since 13 with making sure I got the information i thought it should be, to my braille outs now provided by Bob, I’ve got this one.

Assignment 19 time, here I come. I’m to turn it in no later than 30 days, and thats OK. I hope that I can pass the first time and then figure out how I’m to certify. Now, the fun really begins.

Thanks B2K for your dedication.

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The Hidden features of an app, this one, a nice little gem: The History feature

Braille2000 is very intricate, having lots of different features within it. Without going through each option thoroughly, there is no way to have every option known to you. This is the case in today’s feature that can help every transcriber that utalizes the application, blind or sighted.

I’m talking about the history feature, which I spotted once while looking around the panel menu. The Panel menu has lots of options that are also available in the panel itself, but as blind people, it is advised to turn off the panel within its options. See the braille transcription using braille2000 web site for more info on setting up B2K as a blind person.

The history option that we are speaking of is in the file management section of Braille2000. At the current time of writing, it can be accessed by “pannel” “file management” then history.

Once there, you can see the many files that you’ve saved through your B2K history. Unlike other history options, this one is a very comprehensive history with every save of every file. It does not matter where you saved your file, if something were to happen, this is the place to get it.

While this feature was accessible out of the box, some improvements were made to give access to the full information. In longer filenames, Jaws seemed to cut it off, and this isn’t conducive for a blind speech user. Since I do not have braille access, I am not sure how this worked prior to the build which has a new awesome feature to this search history and is available as of May 13th, 2020.

Prior to the build dated 5/13/20, the search functionality of this very powerful history function was not available. I was asked at one point by Bob to give him a version of a file and he told me how to access it like I did here. Since I’m doing the Braille Transcription Course, he wanted to see one of my earlier assignment 18 files. All Jaws was giving me was assignment 1 although i did do 10 onward. This gave Bob the idea to build out the search feature so you can search your files by filename, earliest date, latest date, and other parameters. The talking edition by default will allow you to hear how many results the search feature reduced your options by as you type. He also added radio buttons to this so a blind user can change the order of the results whether file, date, or other parameters.

Pressing OK from the search dialogue returns you back to the history, and you can then press enter on a file you want to view. For the sighted, you double click and it’ll open that file. The file in question is in read only, but if something were to happen, you just save that version and you’ve got the last working file you were happy with.
We had some very interesting challenges getting this to work, as by default, the edit boxes didn’t seem to read right with Jaws. It always read the next one. This eventually got worked out, so when you enter the search function, you’ll land in the first edit box. While I don’t understand screen reader use as why this was occuring, talking to Bob and understanding how this was working correctly elsewhere gave him the idea on how to fix this one, and the build you get today will have all of this functionality.

When you get in to the history, you can just up and down arrow to see what it has. Jaws will read the file name, the path of where it was saved to, and the date and time of each entry. Added to this release that you will be getting will be the new search facility to search this data, and the ability if needed to maximize the window if you are needing to see more data than you’re able to. It should not be necessary for you to need to maximize the window, but the option is available through alt+space x as you would any other window or the equivalent button found withthe the mouse.

The new search dialogue is a button and it is the first tab when you press your tab key. This button has various elements as discussed earlier in this article. It has name, path, earliest, latest, and past the cancel and ok buttons, you find the order set of radio buttons on how you want to sort your data. The talking edition will allow you to hear as discussed earlier how many search results are there, and it will tell you how many options as you refign your search.. For example, if I searched for my assignment 18 file called assignment18, it’ll find all of the files including DXB’s for my instructor that I’ve ever saved. I can even only get the B2K’s if I want. I think this will benefit the entire Braille2000 community sighted or blind.

How to Update

If you’d like to update so that you can get this new search functionality within your history, its now available! Go to pannel, file management, software update, and get the update dated 5/13 or greater.

Thanks for reading, and make it a great day.

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Getting Started with Braille2000 as a Blind Person

Welcome to another article here on the tech blog. Today, we’re going to cover how to set up Braille2000 for speech use. I want to let people know that Jaws 2018, 2019, and 2020 will work with
Braille2000, as long as you are in:

  • ? Print view
  • ? Braille view with a braille display

My web site talks at great length the difficulties of using Jaws with no braille display, as part of teaching you how to use this program.

Lets start with the launching of Braille2000. When it launches, you’re presented with a dialogue with multiple tabs. If you want to evaluate the program, it is best to control tab between the tabs to find the evaluate option. You can evaluate the different versions which include direct entry, document
processing, and talking. Each version will work equally, but do not save your file! Doing so will sprinkle “demo across your file, and will ruin it if you are using it for production.

Whether you use the demo, or the full program, you’ll need to do some things that will help Jaws, whether you have a Braille Display or not. It will also help when you’re viewing without the display because Jaws will not read anything else. The talking edition is not effected by some of these changes,
but we’ll step through this anyhow.

First, lets talk about the “control panel” that is on by default. There is a menu called panel, and some of the options we may want to use will be included in there. The panel is a clickable portion of Braille2000 that allows the sighted transcriber to select different options like math, paragraph style,
options for creating and opening files, and much more. Most of the time, the blind transcriber will use normal windows commands to do a lot of the things the panel allows the sighted transcriber to do.

Some of the other aspects of the program you’ll need to turn off include the line numbers, paragraph markers, and the view selector. I found in my testing that the paragraph markers do not have any effect with Jaws as I had mine on. The line numbers will show the line number and my testing indicates that
these are two digit numbers that Jaws will read.

Lets talk about NVDA. NVDA will read the menus, and dialogues of the program. It will not read anything else in the braille reading window. The Talking Edition is going to be the only way you will be able to get anything out of this program. I’ve reached out to NVDA support with a data dump of what is
happening within B2K and have not heard anything else on how we can have it fixed through scripting or anything else. This will make it difficult for the blind transcriber that works with Braille2000 to utilize it without using the Talking Edition.

Lets talk now about how to turn off these options that I talked about above that will help you get the best out of Braille2000.

    * Hit alt+a for the adjust menu, then D for display.

  • * Press tab and find options to turn off “show control panel all the time” “line numbers” and “view tabs” as the main three options.
  • Optionally, find the “paragraph marks” and press space bar on all of these options.

  • * Finally, hit enter to save and close the dialogue.

After you’ve done all of these things, Braille 2000 is ready to go for basic use.

The menus

The menus are very straight forward. If everything is set up correctly, Jaws and NVDA will speak them as you press the alt key and navigate using your up and down arrow keys. This program’s submenus are utilized by using the right and left arrow key. Feel free to explore, the menus and look at various
options. Some of the options you’ll need is adjusting paragraph styles, what to do with new paragraphs, setting running heads, and setting page numbering. All of these options are in the do menu and the options you need have mnemonics associated to each option. Instead of giving you each particular
command, you are free to explore and find these options. The accessibility department will be here to assist while you learn the program.

The speak menu

The speak menu is going to be your friend whether you use Jaws or NVDA. To access it, press alt+k and you’ll find various types of settings for what you need right now, and other options for speaking specific things as words, cells, dots, explicitly, and much more. The Talking Edition Documentation gives
complete access to all of the details on this powerful program, and continued write ups on the blog will talk about percent codes, lesson material examples, and how I’ve used the Talking Edition to allow me to complete an assignment pretty much on my own. The blog also has a complete history of the talking
edition from the beginning when it started talking to today. This guide is not going to cover everything, but some basic setup instructions to get you started.

Registration

Registering the program is quite easy. Braille2000 will give you a license number. This license number and a password of your choosing will allow you to access the program with no restrictions over the Internet. There are other types of license options that you can use, and Braille2000 will be happy to help
you throughout the process of your journey. Once you select which option you want, the registration is easy. For example, when opening the program, select the internet log on section and fill in the license number and the password of your choice. Once you do this, you’ll need to tab to select the log on
button. It will register itself and allow you to use the program with no restrictions.

If you have any questions, Braille2000 is just a phone call away! Here is the link to the Braille2000 web site and here is the liink to Talking Edition Specific stuff including audio, write ups, and a link to the category of the blog where this article will also go. Thanks so much for reading, and make it a great day!

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B2K 2.274 February 26, 2020

Folks,

There was a release on February 26th for Brille2000 version 2.274. This is a bug fix release fixing percent code logic in certain situations where it was not working corectly.

If you need assistance updating, please lt us know.

Go to pannel, file management, fetch software update.

Whn closing Braille2000, it’ll prompt you to install and downoad th verson.

If you’re working, you may use the program till you save and exit it.

Please contact the B2K team for more info an thanks for reading!

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Poetry, lists, and outlines: How Braille2000 has assisted me in the endeavor of braille transcription as a blind person

The combination of B2K and percent codes is wonders

Welcome to another article here on the technology blog and podcast web site. I’m not here to give any spoilers, however, I’m here to talk about assignment 18 and how I’ve learned to do poetry, lists, and outlines.

One caveat: this assignment is still in progress, and its not completed yet.

Please do not take this verbatim. This is a blog post on how something like this may be done. Always consult your instructor or person helping you if you need help.

My goal of this blog post is to show how a blind person can use Braille2000 in conjunction with WordPad, Word, or Google Documents to be able to produce good quality braille.

You’re welcome to play with the samples to see how it works, but please don’t call this assignment complete.

The assignment has many more parts to it other than poetry and outlines, and they may be presented as examples on how this is done later.

  • The page numbering sampled here is in conformance to the assignment
  • Typical percent codes such as %1-3 are used
  • Braille2000 and the style of the paragraph is used
  • Detailed non-speed braille keys will be given on how to do this

According to the lesson book, poetry and outlines are written in list format. Nested lists are used more for outlines, and some listed items like the lists found on the Braille Transcription done as a blind person web site. The outline here was very confusing because the braille is showing each item in the margin with no assistance. I read it carefully, and a mentor named Mrs. Taylor advised what the outline should eventually look like.

Again, I want to stress that the majority of this work was done alone, and understanding the structure of the outline and my understanding of it took some time. Since I’ve not done poetry or outlining, but read some through my life, this was definitely a learning experience for me.

I’m doing this assignment in pieces, because it is so lengthy. At the time of writing, I’m done with the poetry, the outline, and the paragraph list section dealing with CPR. The CPR section won’t be discussed here, but there are still several items yet to do.

The Percent Codes

No matter what you’re using, you’ll have to format it. Braille2000 can be adjusted by importing the entire file, and then adjust it upon looking at it. To do this, you’ll need different strategies.

Paragraphing

Paragraphing is done by adjust, paragraph style. Tab to the radio buttons, and select the option you want. Jaws and NVDA should read these dialogues and the info within them just fine. There are also preset options within that like indent1, block1, and many more which has set options that B2K will use.

The Running Head

The running head is needed on each particular portion of the assignment where the title of what you’re doing should go. To do a running head, select Do, Running Head. Note! It is important for the blind reader to understand that if you tab around, the default edit box will never be found in the tab order. You’re placed in to that automatically. Type the Running Head, and press enter. The radio button “text above” is automatically set once typing in to this edit box, and it can be changed throughout the file if needed. To edit it, just go to do, running head again.

New Paragraph Style

The New Paragraph style is found in the adjust menu, and works similar to the paragraph style. The difference between the two is dependent on the cursor. The Paragraph style fixes the current paragraph or highlighted text, while the new paragraph changes the way the enter key behaves.

So Lets get started

Lets get started. The assignment takes a page of assignment 17 where they use the hyphenated page numbering. To do this, The page numbering code has been adjusted to give you this capability. This is shown as a vertical bar, which on your computer keyboard, is shift and your backslash key. (|)

When you use the print page numbering scheme, the braille page number is not necessary, unless you change the braille page number as discussed in lesson 19 for transcribers and preliminary pages. For assignments 17 and 18, the page numbering is only print which asserts a braille page number 1 which is all you need.


%pn=18|12


Assignment 18 also gets a new twist, each portion of the assignment is given a running head if it goes on to a separate page. The first poem in this assignment does this.


%head
RECUERDO
%runhead
RECUERDO


I use the head tag for the heading for this one, as the first page doesn’t have a running head. A new percent code page with no running head (pager) is put at the top of the file, to indicate that this page should not utalize the running head. This is very important when we get to the second poem which is only a page, but we do not know this until transcription importing. This is why I have decided to assert the running head in case it does. I do this with the first one, and it does run in to a new page, only by a few lines.

There are also attributions, and the rules on them were studied in assignment 17. Those are done with the %x-y tag (examples: %1-3 %5-7) but I choose to do it as the same cell as %7-7 even though it should not run over.

The formatting of poetry is done in the nested list format which is discussed in the lesson book. They point you to read more if poetry includes other attributions or things that I’m not too familiar with.

Braille Formats Principals of Print to Braille Transcription 2016 Section 13: Braille Authority of North America

If my understanding of this is correct, here is how I coded the first poem. Remember! Your milage will vary, and since this is ungraded, I can only tell you how I did it, based on my understanding of it, and nothing more.


%head
RECUERDO
%runhead
RECUERDO
%1-3
We were very tired, we were very merry —
We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry.
It was bare and bright, and smelled like a stable —
But we looked into a fire, we leaned across a table,
We lay on the hill-top underneath the moon;
And the whistles kept blowing, and the dawn came soon.
%space
We were very tired, we were very merry —
We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry;
And you ate an apple, and I ate a pear,
From a dozen of each we had bought somewhere;
And the sky went wan, and the wind came cold,
And the sun rose dripping, a bucketful of gold.
%space
We were very tired, we were very merry —
We had gone back and forth all night on the ferry.
We hailed, “Good morrow, mother!” to a shawl-covered head,
And bought a morning paper, which neither of us read;
And she wept, “God bless you!” for the apples and the pears,
And we gave her all our money but our subway fares.
%7-7
Edna St. Vincent Millay


The space command (%space) allows Braille2000 to insert a blank line. This is important in many different formatting chores, not just the poetry aspect of this assignment. It is also used in the lists format which is discussed in this assignment, and it may be used elsewhere. The poem sample above taken from the assignment was my interpretation of it, and you are welcome to play with the codes to see what it can do if you changed it.

The pager command I gave you earlier becomes very handy here, because the assignment talks about each section starting on a brand new page. The running head, must be the same as the title you’re working on. So, with the background in mind, we introduce you to the next page command (%np) and it goes to the next page number automatically.


%pager
%np
%head
THE WIND
by Robert Louis Stevenson
%runhead
The Wind

%space
%1-5
I saw you toss the kites on high
And blow the birds about the sky;
And all around I heard you pass,
Like ladies’ skirts across the grass–
%3-5
O wind, a-blowing all day long,
O wind, that sings so loud a song!
%space
%1-5
I saw the different things you did,
But always you yourself you hid.
I felt you push, I heard you call,
I could not see yourself at all–
%3-5
O wind, a-blowing all day long,
O wind, that sings so loud a song!
%space
%1-5
O you that are so strong and cold,
O blower, are you young or old?
Are you a beast of field and tree,
Or just a stronger child than me?
%3-5
O wind, a-blowing all day long,
O wind, that sings so loud a song!


This was a little more complex because I’m going from the first level of list to the second. The braille clearly shows this. This portion took a little bit to understand, and I feel by giving you the assignment in full will not be productive. Instead, the samples should be used as a general guide of how to use percent codes to do an assignment like this. There is plenty more in this assignment that won’t be covered here, and so far I’m 10 pages in. I’ve got no idea how many pages it’ll be, and I have not asked.

What about the outline?

The outline is more challenging. The braille I think was put in 1-1 to force a braille reader to figure out the spacing on that. If I knew better and I tried this, I’d fail! Thanks to Mrs. Taylor for assisting with the basic concept of the outline. This outline should be shown in full, as it trumps the third poem’s 1-5 three-level aspect. Keep in mind, that when I did this, I kept looking at the B2K program asking for style info, and comparing it with what I had understood. Overall, I got it, and I’m looking forward to getting the last of the assignment done with a story and a recipe to go if I remember it correctly.

What has tripped me up is the fact that the titles are bolded and in braille, we don’t have the titles of these things in any emphasis. Remember that there may be words or other aspects that need their emphasis, so watch for that. This is true for the poetry aspect, as the third poem which is not shown may have words that have emphasis. As the student, you alone, need to check for these. The sampling here may or may not even include said emphasis, which is why I say that it should be used as samples of how I ended up doing things.

Here’s how I coded the outline.


%pager
%np
%head
NEW SCHOOL NEEDED
%runhead
NEW SCHOOL NEEDED
%1-11
I. Structural deterioration of existing Wilson High School building
%3-11
A. Damaged roof covering and rotting roof timbers
%5-11
1. Three major leaks during last year
2. Dust problem caused by termite damage
%3-11
B. Crumbling stairwells and broken handrails
C. Insufficient fireproofing and safety protection
%5-11
1. Four fires during last year
2. Denial of safety rating by city fire marshal
%7-11
a. Antiquated sprinkler system
%9-11
(1) Not enough outlets
(2) Not enough water pressure for sustained operation
%7-11
b. Inadequate electrical wiring
c. Insufficient fire-escape routes for current enrollment
%1-11
II. Inadequate education plan for current and projected enrollment at WHS
%3-11
A. Shortage of physical space
%5-11
1. No laboratory facilities for science students
2. Lounges and closet areas currently used for classrooms
%7-11
a. All tenth grade English classes
b. Three eleventh grade French classes
c. Two twelfth grade hygiene classes
%5-11
3. No gymnasium or locker-room facilities
%3-11
B. Shortage of equipment
%5-11
1. No ranges or ovens for home economics students
%np
2. No lights or bleachers on outdoor playing field
3. No spare athletic uniforms
%3-11
C. Shortage of money
%5-11
1. For new programs
%7-11
a. Cancellation of planned state workshop in teacher education
b. Curtailment of new art program
%9-11
(1) No money for supplies for sculpture students
(2) No money for demonstration lectures by local artists
%5-11
2. For teachers
%7-11
a. No money for much-needed additional general science teacher
b. No salary raises for WHS teachers in three years


This was quite complicated, and I know that people will want to see something like this. If you copied the text and put it in to braille2000’s editor, you can use the talking edition to be able to check the formatting and see if thats what you intended. When Miss Taylor indicated fixes because I miscalculated where I was and how it was memorized, it turned out that I could verify this through speak style and it tells me. I am glad Bob taught me speed braille, because I have 4 defined including that one.

The others are page, line, cell (speak as) read the line, and read the paragraph.

The purpose of this is not to have the discussion of what the speedbraille keys are, but to show you what I have done to make my work better.

The poetry and outlines aspect of Braille2000 and the transcription course makes this product work well for me. Even with Mrs. Taylor’s help with the understanding of transcribing poetry and outlines, I pretty much figured it out on my own. With checking with B2K and also a brailleout of the first poem, I’m sure that my assignment as a whole will be something I’m proud to be able to percent code and check, all on my own.

I’m still going to rely on a braille out of the assignment, because you can catch something that speech may not be able to tell you. You may be tired, and you may have made a mistake, so its better to also read it, especially with an assignment as complex as this.

Other transcription software packages rely on templates. B2K relies on its own editing tools, percent codes which can be used in Word, Wordpad, or Google Documents, or other compatible Rich Text editor(s) out there. The talking edition can be used to be able to check a portion of your work to determine if you the transcriber are doing it correctly.

There’s more than one way to possibly do work like this, and you may find a better way with the percent codes. I’m happy I have a choice, should you give this a try?

Why do you not want to try Braille2000 yet? The power I’ve given you just with these examples of the assignment still being done can show you what you’re capable of. Can the transcription software you chose do this?

If it does, I’d love to learn more! Templates in word may be good for some, but some don’t have word like me. Would those templates work within something like Google’s documents? Only you can decide, not me. I’m happy I have the choice on how I want to work on these documents, and I am sure that others may do theirs differently than this.

Thanks so much for reading, and do contact Bob or I through the B2K or transcribing as a blind person web sites and ask us questions on how this powerful software can work for you!

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Braille2000 2.274 2020-02-13

Hello folks,

Below, you’ll find notations of today’s release. Some good stuff here.


  1. no added spaces surrounding simbraille material in the print file.
  2. voicing of boxing lines.
  3. voicing of repeated cells (sequences of blanks, dot-5s, boxing cells, hyphens) by giving the count of the number of repeated cells.

To update, please run the updater through the panel file management software updates. It’ll be dated today, and press OK. Press OK on the dialogue to close B2K and do work as you wish. When you close B2K it will go ahead and update itself to the latest release.

Please contact the B2K team if you have any questions!

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How did the early assignments get done with no B2K talking edition?

Folks,

I’ve been talking about the Braille2000 program for awhile, and while this is a post on Braille2000, I’m going to take a different light on it and talk about how I’ve been able to do the assignments pre the talking edition.

Some caveats:

  • I started with jaws 2018 and upgraded to 2019 during this process.
  • NVDA was tested upon request, but found that it was not efficient at all. Someone asked me through linked in, and I tested.
  • During a prior interview which is found through this blog post and soon will be available through the Braille Transcription as a blind person web site, narator is not even an option.

With this information out of the way, lets dive in to the first twelve lessons

Assignment 1

Assignment 1 I did a lot later, after I had learned enough of Braille2000 and could do the work independently. I did the 6-key in 3-1 default paragraph style. This particular assignment is not to be turned in to the instructor, but depending on your instructor, and whether you’re taking the assignment set via corespondence or not.

The Rest of the assignments

You’ll find varying ranges of difficulties when it comes to the first twelve. Assignments 2-4 can be done strictly with Jaws with the understanding that you need to learn how to set your paragraph marks.

Here are some tips:

  • Don’t use your arrow keys for up and down if you’re on the last line and Jaws says page fill or end of file. I made this mistake, and got some very interesting results when I sent it off to Bob for him to peruse.
  • Adjusting paragraph styles need only be done once, enter results in new paragraph style, while the paragraph style is for the current selection. Changing the current paragraph can be changed to all of file when tabbing around if the entire file is messed up. To do this, go to adjust, paragraph and make your selections by tabbing to the radio buttons and shift+tabbing to the current paragraph button and press space if you want that. There’s also another button to change this to all of file.
  • As the assignments get harder, Jaws alone will not be able to get the job done. While I’ve had braille outs of my work, the talking edition would’ve saved me when I was reading things and it made sense to me, and listening to it under exact while checking the braille of the assignment would’ve helped. This is because inlater lessons, it was important for emphasis and the like taught later, but the talking edition is wired to tell you symbols like grade 1 word, symbol, passage, and terminators. It also speaks capitalization in the same manner whether its word, letter, or passage.

One of the things that I really like in Braille2000 is the keyboard aspect of the program. When keyboard mode is on, and you’re in 6-key mode, Braille2000 will give you exact keystrokes of what you’re pressing, so you may determine right then and there if thats correct. Braille2000 can also give you a print line reading of the work with a couple of keystrokes either through menus, or the control+q, quick commands.

The control+q, quick commands have become very valuable in later lessons, especially during assignment 16 when prompting from a mentor continued to tell me of an issue I couldn’t find! I read the braille, read the braille of the assignment, and it wasn’t clicking until I heard it through speech while reading the braille of the assignment.

While that was a later lesson, my reports indicate that I was not doing a great job, and I was accused of not even proofreading my work. With multiple braille outs, and giving up on the note taker, I vowed to get the book in braille so I can read the formatting and what was expected.

This really became apparent after I pretty much tried to do it with the knowledge of what I had, and doubted myself even though the work was in uncontracted braille. I was making too many mistakes, taking spaces out where they were to be because I’d read it on an 18-cell braille display. I learned real quick after several lessons that this wasn’t going to work. I even was asked if I was using the notetaker, which I said no.

As the contractions started to be taught, Jaws read the symbols as ASCII symbols.

  • The Ascii Braille Code
  • You can download a copy of the ASCII braille chart directly from the jaredrimer.info site, through our document repository through the above links. Its best to right click or shift+f10 on these files and select save target as or save link as and save it to the PC that way. Pressing enter or left clicking may yield different results. You’ll definitely need it if you aren’t using the talking edition.

    At one point, I was going through the braille in braille view, and took out a capital sign which was needed because I heard the word comma! This was my own error, and I felt pretty stupid for doing that, but I was going by what it said, and this could’ve been before braille outs, but then again, maybe not. I later learned the code, because B2K’s talking edition wasn’t really developed until I started 13 and percent codes could be used.

    I probably could have cheated and typed everything out as I read it, told the program to write it in uncontracted mode, and be done, but forcing myself to learn 6-key entry would be better, and in fact, automatic translation is not all that perfect and 6-key is the only way to fix these things.

    While I wrote about percent codes, a future blog post will talk about the importation process, and how I’m able now to check my work based on how I understand things. Braille copies are good, but fixing the errors can only be done in 6-key mode.

    To read my reports to date throughout the course, you may access the transcribers section of the braille transcription as a blind person web site. There are audio demos and discussion of each possible lesson, although I didn’t demo some of them because you could see how more complex it was.

    What about 12?

    Assignment 12 was probably the most interesting assignment that I have ever come across. I found it very challenging without the talking edition, and it was even harder because I understood it one way, and the instructor wanted it another way.

    Below, I’m going to put in quotes what I wrote as the beginning of the assignment 12 notations, so you have an understanding how rough this was. This comes directly from the assignment 12 web page.

    In this assignment, there are quite a few definitions that are discussed which are prominent for this assignment.

    • Grade 2 Braille
    • Grade 1 Braille
    • Standing Alone

    Other terms may include letter-sequence, symbol-sequence, and terminator.

    This assignment took me two tries. It seems like this is the common theme, two tries as of late. On March 18, 2019: I got my first report. I really thought I had understood this assignment to the best of my ability, and boy, was I wrong.

    • There are 8 grade 1 symbol indicator errors in the very first sentence. How could that be when in EBAE, a-j k-o and p-z all had letter signs also know as grade one symbols? I’m not giving you the answer, but it is correct in my file now.
    • In the same number, they indicate there is a terminator error.
    • In a different number, there were reported 3 grade 1 symbol errors. I really didn’t understand this as I thought.
    • More capitalization errors. Like I didn’t have enough trouble already, 5 of them in this particular unnumbered problem.
    • In the same sentence which is unnumbered, they expect a terminator. Back to the drawing board.
    • A grade 1 symbol indicator is also missing from the same number. Can I just quit?
    • Malformation is back! More text is to form on a line. I totally didn’t understand this assignment.
    • An erroneous error and more grade 1 symbol errors in a sentence.
    • More grade 1 errors in another sentence and throughout as well as a malformed line.

    As you can see, I was trying really hard to understand this, and I even had my braille and probably several copies. One of the things I really didn’t understand was the sentence that had something similar to the following sentence.

    I wanted to alphabetize my files on my computer a-f, g-i, j-o, p-s, and t-z. The problem was that I got a-f, g-i, j-o, and p-s, but my t-z files were gone!

    Yes, I’m exaggerating. The computer can do all of this, and I’m probably not making sense now, but if you had to braille this sentence there is a logical way to do it.

    • Put the grade 1 indicater after f, as a doesn’t need it.
    • g-i put grade one synmbol only on g as I didn’t need it
    • j-o, p-s, and t-z all grade one symbols next to the beginning of each letter.

    This is the way I did it. I was knocked off for 8 groupsign errors? This is how braille is written, not some random way, and I read it correctly with my braille. How could I imagine that they wanted it to be in passage grade 1 and I’ve never really read passage grade 1 fully until that lesson.

    There were other errors, and the instructor still tried to trash me on having not proofed my work. I tell you what, you didn’t see me with the braille copies, and stacking them up where I could check each one of them to make sure I got everything correct, now did you?

    The talking edition can’t help with all this, but it can help with making sure that you have your grade 1’s where you expect them by voicing to you while you read the braille and confirm you did it the way you understood it to be. It will read passage, word, symbol, and terminator information for grade 1 material when using the appropriate symbols.

    Thats the power of Braille2000 now! Want to get your copy? Visit Braille2000 or jaredrimer.info to learn more, get demos, write ups, and more. We look forward in serving you!

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    Braille2000 and percent codes

    I’ve been saying for awhile now that percent codes and a word processor like Microsoft Word or Google Docs can help the blind person in putting together a very nice braille file.

    During the transcription course which is run by the NFB we learn various types of formatting.

    Right now, I’m working on assignment 18 which covers lists, outlines, menus, and poetry just to name a few. Poetry and outline work are very interesting to say the least, and with the aid of Braille2000, you can take a section you’ve done, and check it to make sure it is relevant.

    For example, you can use the percent codes to be able to write paragraph formatting, list formatting, transcribers notes, cell positioning based on other formatting rules that take content to several cells after the previous line, and more.

    During the current assignment, I’m learning how to do paragraph styles in conjunction with list and poetry work.

    In Braille2000’s mode, you can change the paragraphing style through adjust, paragraph. New paragraphs can be set to anything you need, or changed afterword just by putting your cursor to the first line of the paragraph and making it whatever you want, such as a list format, centered heading, or a sub-heading which is indent 5 runover 5.

    Using the talking edition of Braille2000 in conjunction with Jaws or NVDA reading menus works well. If you want to review the document and you use NVDA, the talking edition can tell you everything you need to know. This is because the NVDA screen reader doesn’t read the window, but B2K’s talking edition can act as your screen reader by reading the document, formatting information, and a whole lot more.

    With the way that assignment 18 is designed, Jaws will tell you when the page is broken, and it can also tell you page numbering and the like. The read to end doesn’t tell you about page changes, but it can tell you about where you are through quick commands and even through the menus.

    I believe this is the first piece of technology that can truly help a blind person format their braille document, if thats what they need to do. This can be used for pleasure, or for full-time work.

    This is how this would look using a file I used for myself.


    %pbl %pn=1

    Sophia Marie

    bad ass bass with soaring femme fatale vocals

    Tagged as:
    %list
    Alt Rock,
    Electro Rock,
    Hard Rock,
    Pop,
    Rock,
    Grungy Rock,
    Woman Singing Electro Pop.

    %indent
    A few years ago Sophia Marie aka Wicked Wench was an obese single mother living on welfare in California. With a history of drugs and promiscuity, her
    future did not look bright.

    The early death of her mother in 2004 from obesity complications could have added to Sophia’s problems, but instead she used the event as a wake up call
    and decided to change her life.

    Today, Sophia Marie is 50kg (110lbs) lighter and setting her new home of Sydney Australia on fire with her ballsy hard rock music.

    Sophia Marie grew up in a musical family, playing flute and piccolo in school bands. She switched to playing bass guitar when her dentist made her wear
    braces but soon gave that up too when a jealous boyfriend objected. It was over a decade later before she picked up the bass again.

    Completely self taught on the bass, once Sophia picked up the instrument again she found herself making up her own riffs and soon after, adding melodies
    and lyrics to her compositions. She then recruited a band, started performing gigs and a new rock star was born. Her new partner was so impressed by the
    quality of Sophia’s music that he decided to sell his house and invest the money into making Sophia’s debut album!

    Sophia Marie’s debut album “Twisted” pulls no punches. Describing herself as a cross between Madonna and Metallica, Sophia seamlessly blends soft and hard
    into an exotic mix of musical emotion. Unashamedly sexual in nature Sophia says she sees the hard rock music as a male stimulant to her powerful, soaring
    vocals, which she says, are a natural female reaction to good loving done right!

    %tnl Sophia’s music video for Voodoo from her album “Twisted” %tnr

    %pn=2


    There are several aspects of this segment that I used for this illustration.

    • %pbl will preserve blank lines
    • %pn=1 tells the program to insert a print page number in text format
    • %list tells the system to use a standard list format cell 1 runover 3
    • %indent tells the system to use cell 3 runover 1 paragraphing
    • %pn=2 tells the system to give me the next page as numbered
    • %tnl and %tnr left and right specific transcriber note symbols

    Afterword, we got next page %np to work which increments the page numbering automatically. The lesson will cover textbook format when we get to lesson 19.

    There are plenty of percent codes that can be used, but as you can see, we’ve got a lot to work with and I had a braille file I can use on my note taker as a BRF, or even have it as a hardcopy.

    B2k’s talking edition through the speak menu could verify to me what it was looking like so I can verify if thats how I wanted it.

    Does this sound intriguing? Please give Braille2000 a shot. Its free to try, and I’m hoping my insight in to how I’m working on assignment 18 and a sample of something personal will inspire you in to trying this very powerful software.

    The Braille Transcribing as a blind person web site has audio in regards to how I took the early lessons and the difficulties so you can hear both. In future audio, I’ll demo percent codes, how they can be used, and more.

    Have questions? Bob and I are phone calls away. Send email or call anytime. Thanks for reading!

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    Braille2000 2.274 February 9, 2020

    In this update, Braille2000 has been fixed to better conform to percent code usage if you use percent codes. Percent codes are the hight of a blind person’s usage of the software as you can use an accessible program such as Word, Google Docs, or Wordpad to bring in text and perform formatting commands on it.

    We’ve added some new percent codes, and this update fixes the logic of using one of them before another, and it should not matter the order necessarily.

    The dictionary fixes fixed some stuff if you use the spell checker. Its quite interesting fixing one thing fixes quite a number of things that it had but yet weren’t working properly. Other things have been fixed with the dictionary too.

    To get your update, run the updater through panel, file management, software updates. The version is dated February 9th at 11:51.

    When you select it, hit OK. A dialogue will pop up telling you to close B2K to be able to run the updater. Pressing OK on that message will dismiss it. If you’re working when you fetch the update, it won’t run until you close B2K so just work as normal.

    B2K does not want to interrupt your work, and that, I like. Remember, you can always contact the B2K team through our respective web sites: jaredrimer.info or braille2000.com whatever works best for you.

    Thanks so much for having an interest in the Braille2000 project, and thanks for reading!

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    Braille Transcription using WYSIWYG

    Hello folks,

    Today, on Vocal, is another article that I had published. This article covers Braille2000 and how it became more accessible. If you’ve been to the blog, we’ve got an entire category called Braille2000 which has all the details.

    Since I publish all my tech articles here, why not include this one?

    The simulated braille is from assignment 1, and it is probably imaged right, but Jaws does read the assignment and it is in grade one.

    I may have that changed to an image, I’ll inquire.

    Braille Transcription using WYSIWYG: How Braille2000 became more accessible to the blind transcriber education.media January 31, 2020 is the article, and I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for reading my work, and make it a great day!

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    Braille2000 being talked about on internet radio

    Hello folks,

    I just want to come in and let you know about Braille2000 being talked about on Internet Radio. Besides my shows which mentioned it by passing, there is now a show which featured me as being interviewed recently.

    On this podcast, I talk about the benefits of Braille2000’s talking edition, how it came about, the various methods of getting braille including the percent codes, B2K itself, and the like.

    If you wish to listen to the program, you can go to the go to the RSS feed or you may download the 220mb file right here.

    I’ll have it up on jaredrimer.info next week, but the mix gets first dibs.

    Its also available on livewire on my tree at box 2276.

    I hope that you enjoy the program, and please tell your friends!

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    Braille2000 version 2.274 Jan 25, 2020: brings simbraille and a transcription fix

    The update that is released for January 25, 2020 fixes a translation issue that was found, as well as simulated braille issues.

    Part of the simulated braille aspect includes simulating a braille page as part of an exercise that you want to do when showing an example of formatting or other aspects for a class. There were issues with this, and percent codes have been added to support this including the aformentioned pager and interpoint tags I’ve mentioned before.

    to update your copy of Braille2000 to this release:

      Select panel, file management

    • Select fetch software update.

    When you get to the screen, hit the down arrow key and it’ll say Braille2000 2.274 1/25/20 14:07 or similar text. Pressing enter selects OK and it’ll prompt you to exit Braille2000 when you’re ready. We don’t want you to stop what you’re doing, so work as normal. When you exit, it’ll start the installation and no data is lost. After downloading, it’ll run the installer, and follow its prompts.

    Should you have any questions about the update process, please contact us through the Braille Transcription done as a blind person or Braille2000 web sites.

    No matter whom you choose, we’ll be happy to help you!

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    Assignment 17: I passed!

    Hello everyone, yesterday after writing the first post, I got my report back. There are three errors that were in my assignment.

    • A contraction (groupsign) error
    • Two quote errors

    The quote errors are up for interpretation. I understood it to be one way based on the text, and I’m looking for clarification on this because of how the narative of the problem occurred. Be that as it may, I passed!

    As I discussed in my prior post on 17 Braille2000 as it currently stands played a very crucial role on my work. While I got four brailleouts, I was able to still check the formatting, and even check other aspects that I could only do with braille.

    At some point, I’ll do a full write up on assignment 17 which will include audio, as I’ve done to date with the rest of the assignments.

    I’ll also get clarification on 18 and how I understand it to be done.

    Are there any questions about B2K and how it may help you check work? The Braille2000 team is here to help you. Please go either to the Braille Transcription as a blind person web page and select contact, or you may go to the Braille2000 web site directly and find contact info for Bob.

    We look forward in serving you for your needs in regards to B2k, and if this is any indication of what you’d like to do, we want to help. Only you can make the decision on what you need, but we can definitely help answer questoions if this intrigues you. Thanks so much for reading, and make it a great day!

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    Assignment 17 has been submitted for grading

    4 braille copies later, lots of time understanding what is wanted, I believe that the assignment is finally ready for grading. The purpose of this blog post is to describe how I put this assignment together. I’d like to thank Bob for sending me the text, so that I have it.

    First, I took the text, and put percent codes where I thought they needed to be. For example: I used the percent code %pn=1|10 which started the page numbering for the assignment. This is a brand new percent code to have page numbers that are hyphenated. Next, I used the usual percent codes for formatting which include %3-1 and %1-3 in spots. Braille copies indicated that I need to continually change things, and my mentor gave me prompts on what may be wrong without giving me the answers.

    I continued to ask questions to understand what was needed. I definitely got confused on one part where it said to use list format, but also said to use cell 5 runover 5 (5-5) for the footnotes. That understanding and clarification is crucial to this assignment, and I’m not going to give any answers to how it should be done as there may still be an issue.

    I also used simulated braille to have the note separation line that is discussed. I was unclear if every note needed a line or just the first one, so that was confusing to me. While I kept reading the book, trying to understand what is required, it left some very interesting questions.

    I’ll have more on this assignment on a full write up through jaredrimer.info once the assignment is graded. For now, know that this uses lots of different formatting, and a full understanding of what is required is definitely important.

    Braille2000’s talking edition played a crucial part, as I was able to check the formatting based on what I wanted, and how I understood the assignment. Each time I changed something, I checked its formatting carefully, then got a braille out of that copy to determine whether I was reading it correctly.

    Initial versions did not understand the new symbols I’ve never seen until now for dagger and double dagger. B2K was updated to handle this in import.

    I think thats all for now, but I wanted to take an opportunity to talk about my experience to date and how I used B2K for this as well as various percent codes.

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    Braille2000 2.274 introduces new options for percent code usage

    For Immediate Release:

    December 30, 2019 11:05 AM US Pacific time 13:05 US Central Time

    We’re happy to release a new Braille2000 release for those of you who use percent codes.

    Assignment 18 illustrates an assignment whereby you’re handing out documents, and each document needs to be on a separate page. Those documents that have a second page need a running head.

    To accomodate this, there are new percent codes which have been introduced, and this update understands these.

    • %interpoint   (declares the document to be interpoint mode)
    • %pager        (begins a new braille page WITHOUT a runnning head
    • %page1        (begins a new front-side page, used in an interpoint document)
    • %page2 and %page 3 are similar in regards to Interpoint transcription but %page1 may be used the most

    This update released today understands these codes. While the lessons tell you to use single sided mode even for electronic delivery, the final lesson which is 20 stresses to using single sided. I could see us using this mode for our work when we do interpoint work.

    The update can be done by doing the following:

    • Hit alt+p for panel, and m for file management.
    • Tab to fetch software update.
    • On that screen select Braille2000 2.274 which is dated 12/30/2019
    • A dialog will pop up to tell you that B2K needs to be closed. Close it at your convenience, and the update will run.

    As per usual, contact Bob or I if you have any questions or concerns. The percent code aspect of Braille2000 is going to be a helpful edition and I’ve been using it for my lessons. Between the simulated Braille when needed, and the percent codes and these new editions, we’re having a fine product. The Talking Edition can also be used to check to make sure that the formatting you wanted is used as intended.

    Thank you Bob, for your hard work and dedication toward this valuable service toward the blind transcriber. My hope is to get people interested in a different method of doing this work, and this edition adds to what we might need.

    Contact the Braille2000 team by going to our site and finding the method that works best for you.

    Thanks so much for your time and interest in our product!

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    Braille2000 2.274 brings new functionality, fixes

    For Immediate Release:
    December 22, 2019: 11:23 AM US Pacific Standard Time
    JaredRimer.info’s Braille2000 Transcribing as a blind person
    Braille2000 LLC

    Today we’ve braught a new feature to Braille2000 in regards to unicode lookup and inserting. This dialogue was mainly a graphical interface, but a text representation has been introduced with the update released very early this morning. It also fixes Dagger support in the Braille translation.

    The interface for the unicode lookup is very nice, It was introduced after I wanted a list of the most common codes. I have a very short list of items that I’ve used through my lessons, but then I needed more. This lookup tool can put the characters directly in to your Braille document, and also we can take the decimal number (alt+number) or unicode number or other set. that might be available within this tool.

    I’m not too familiar with all of this, however, if the decimal check box is unchecked, the system gives the unicode number which is different.

    We had some major issues with transcription in regards to the dagger and double dagger. I’ve never seen these characters until assignment 17, and there are several in there. The assignment teaches formatting of various kinds, with footnotes and other notations. The write up on 17 will be done after I submit it to the proctor for grading.

    To get this latest update:

    • Hit alt+p for panel and select file management (m) and press enter
    • Tab to fetch software update
    • The update will be dated 12/22 2:03
    • Press enter
    • B2K will tell you that it needs to close to be able to update

    The update will run and download and it’ll then install over itself. The version number is still 2.274.

    If you have any questions, please contact Bob or I, and I hope you enjoy these changes and new functionality!

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    Braille2000 2.274 update 2274 120-5-19

    For Immediate Release:

    Braille2000 LLC
    web site

    We’ve just released 2.274 which has support for a percent directive dealing with numeric page numbering I.E. 17-10 which is written #17#10 in braille according to the instruction manual. Also, it supports telling ctrl+qt options for verbal feedback of setting. the options such as line, paragraph, and the tell as sections.

    Run the updater as follows:

    • Pannel, file management
    • Once there select software update
    • It will be dated 2.274 for 12/5/19.

      Please get in touch if you have questions or concerns!

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    Assignment 16: I passed!

    Hello everyone,

    A full report will be available when i get to this on jaredrimer.info and the transcribers section. There wereissues in regards to the header. Since there were four pages, thats 4 errors and I understand. I could’ve done that.

    Next is a groupsign error for a contraction. This is the ST contraction. I found it, but am not clear on it.

    It was accepted and I’m happy about that. It took a long time to do.

    We got exact because of this assignment.

    Questions? Get in touch!

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    Braille2000 and non-maximized windows

    Hi,

    The bug I talked about in the latest update that got fixed was in regards to non-maximized windows. As a blind user, the window should be maximized so that you get the best possible outcome, regardless of screen reader. In the release today, Bob fixed logic that would not remember window positions when the system was not maximized.

    We’ll be implementing telling cues for changing settings as speak as as well, more on that soon.

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