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Technology for Braille Transcription II

Course Description

Technology for Braille Transcription II presents an advanced look at braille translation programs currently in standard use. Students will apply the principles learned in Textbook Braille Formatting I to improve their proofreading skills further when using translation software and embossing files. Upon the completion of this course, students will be competent in using current translation software. By using Microsoft Word, students will continue to improve the skills necessary for working with a variety of publisher's files. Some of the content is taken from the BANA Braille Formats: Principles of Print to Braille Transcription (BF) and NBA Quick Reference Manual (QRM).

Course Goals/Objectives

  1. Use Microsoft Word features to clean up publisher's tagged files in preparation for braille translation.
  2. Use braille translation software to transcribe cleaned-up publisher's textbook files.
  3. Correctly apply textbook braille-formatting rules within the braille translation software.
  4. Emboss translated braille pages.
  5. Use optical character recognition (OCR) scanning as an alternative tool when publisher's files are not available.

Lesson Plan/Projects

Week 1: Overview

  1. Explain course goals and objectives.
  2. Discuss final transcription project and how it will be graded.

Week 2: Exercises, Drills, Tests, and Test Booklets

  1. Braille Formats
    1. Exercises, drills, tests, and test booklets: Rule 13 in BF; pages 111-122 in QRM.
  2. Word
    1. Identify tags, codes, and text related to exercises, drills, tests, and test booklets.
    2. Practice using find/replace for tags, codes, and text; remove unnecessary material from publisher's file.
  3. Braille Translator
    1. Identify menus, features, and/or commands affecting exercises, drills, tests, and test booklets.
    2. Open and review example files.
    3. Import publisher's file to format.
    4. Emboss and proofread translated pages.

Week 3: Displayed Material, Intentional Errors, Blanks, and Omissions

  1. Braille Formats
    1. Displayed material, errors, blanks, and omissions: Rule 14 in BF; pages 123-140 in QRM.
  2. Word
    1. Identify tags, codes, and text related to displayed material, intentional error, blanks, and omissions.
    2. Practice using find/replace for tags, codes, and text; remove unnecessary material from publisher's file.
  3. Braille Translator
    1. Identify menus, features, and/or commands affecting displayed material, intentional errors, blanks, and omissions.
    2. Open and review example files.
    3. Import publisher's file to format.
    4. Emboss and proofread translated pages.

Week 4: Plays, Dialogue, and Interview Format

  1. Braille Formats
    1. Plays, dialogue, and interview format: Rule 9 in BF
  2. Word
    1. Identify tags, codes, and text related to plays, dialogue, and interview format.
    2. Practice using find/replace for tags, codes, and text; remove unnecessary material from publisher's file.
  3. Braille Translator
    1. Identify menus, features, and/or commands affecting plays, dialogue, and interview format.
    2. Open and review example files.
    3. Import publisher's file to format.
    4. Emboss and proofread translated pages.

Week 5: Poetry, Scansion, Accent and Meter, Poetic Rhyme Scheme, Alliteration

  1. Braille Formats
    1. Poetry, scansion, accent and meter, poetic rhyme scheme, alliteration: Rule 10 in BF.
  2. Word
    1. Identify tags, codes, and text related to poetry, scansion, accent and meter, poetic rhyme scheme, alliteration.
    2. Practice using find/replace for tags, codes, and text; remove unnecessary material from publisher's file.
  3. Braille Translator
    1. Identify menus, features, and/or commands affecting poetry, scansion, accent and meter, poetic rhyme scheme, alliteration.
    2. Open and review example files.
    3. Import publisher's file to format.
    4. Emboss and proofread translated pages.

Week 6: Margin-Numbered Text, Hymnals, and Songbooks

  1. Braille Format
    1. Margin-numbered texts, hymnals, and songbooks: Rule 11 in BF
  2. Word
    1. Identify tags, codes, and text related to margin-numbered texts, hymnals, and songbooks.
    2. Practice using find/replace for tags, codes, and text; remove unnecessary material from publisher's file.
  3. Braille Translator
    1. Identify menus, features, and/or commands affecting margin-numbered texts, hymnals, and songbooks.
    2. Open and review example files.
    3. Import publisher's file to format.
    4. Emboss and proofread translated pages.

Week 7: Spellers, Grammars, and Sentence Diagramming

  1. Braille Formats
    1. Spellers, grammars, and sentence diagramming: Rule 15 in BF.
  2. Word
    1. Identify tags, codes, and text related to spellers, grammars, and sentence diagramming.
    2. Practice using find/replace for tags, codes, and text; remove unnecessary material from publisher's file.
  3. Braille Translator
    1. Identify menus, features, and/or commands affecting spellers, grammars, and sentence diagramming.
    2. Open and review example files.
    3. Import publisher's file to format.
    4. Emboss and proofread translated pages.

Week 8: Diacritics, Glossaries, Vocabularies, Dictionaries, Outlines, and Indexes

  1. Braille Formats
    1. Diacritics, glossaries, vocabularies, dictionaries, outlines, and indexes: Rule 19 in BF.
  2. Word
    1. Identify tags, codes, and text related to diacritics, glossaries, vocabularies, dictionaries, outlines, and indexes.
    2. Practice using find/replace for tags, codes, and text; remove unnecessary material from publisher's file.
  3. Braille Translator
    1. Identify menus, features, and/or commands affecting diacritics, glossaries, vocabularies, dictionaries, outlines, and indexes.
    2. Open and review example files.
    3. Import publisher's file to format.
    4. Emboss and proofread translated pages.

Week 9: Illustrations, Captions, Cartoons, Print Forms, Genealogical and Organizational Charts, Timelines, Graphs, Tactile Graphics, Codes, and Puzzles

  1. Braille Formats
    1. Illustrations, captions, cartoons, print forms, genealogical and organizational charts, timelines, graphs, tactile graphics, codes, and puzzles: Rules 16-17 in BF.
  2. Word
    1. Identify related tags, codes, and text.
    2. Practice using find/replace for tags, codes, and text; remove unnecessary material from publisher's file.
  3. Braille Translator
    1. Identify menus, features, and/or commands affecting illustrations, captions, cartoons, print forms, genealogical and organizational charts, timelines, graphs, tactile graphs, codes, and puzzles.
    2. Open and review example file.
    3. Import publisher's file to format.
    4. Emboss and proofread translated pages.

Week 10: Scanning

  1. Review variety of commercially available scanners.
  2. Review different kinds of commercially available OCR software.
  3. In-class practice of how to scan and zone textbook pages.

Week 11: Embossing

  1. Review types of embossers.
  2. Review vendors.
  3. Practice embossing one page of a class assignment in class.

Weeks 12-14: Work on transcription project.


Week 15: Final Exam


Books and Supplies

Braille Formats: Principles of Print to Braille Transcription, 1977

Training Manual for Braille Transcribers Who Work with Publisher's Electronic Files to Create Braille Textbooks, AFB

Handouts provided by instructor

Prerequisite

Technology for Braille Transcription I

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