For many years now, Sight Scotland have championed National Braille Week, an opportunity to celebrate braille usage and raise awareness of the importance and value of braille. It runs in the second week of October, to coincide with World Sight Day.
This year at the Braillists, we are celebrating National Braille Week by running five Masterclasses, one each day, following the journey “From Print to Braille”:
- Monday 9 October: What should our braille look like?
We will be joined by a panel of braille transcribers to unpack the rules and conventions of braille layout in different parts of the world. Are headings always centred? What happens if a table is too wide for the braille page? Find out the answers to these questions and so much more!
- Tuesday 10 October: The Key to Accessible Word Documents
Discover how making a few small tweaks to your Microsoft Word documents will not only lead to better automated braille, but also speed up your word processing tasks! Using styles, inserting proper characters and ensuring tables are created effectively will all be covered.
- Wednesday 11 October: Choosing the Right Braille Translator for the Job
Microsoft Word knows about typography and layout, but it doesn’t know about braille contractions. That’s why we need a braille translation package. There are a number of packages on the market to suit a variety of budgets and complexities, and we’ll help you decide which one is the right one for you.
- Thursday 12 October: A Deeper Dive Into Duxbury
The Duxbury Braille Translator is used in braille production facilities all over the world. We will explore how templates can be used to produce braille according to virtually any international standard, and how styles and codes can be used to control the finer points of the braille output.
- Friday 13 October: Reading the Finished Product
The final stage of the transcription journey is for someone to read the braille! Usually, this is either done by embossing the document on paper or transferring it to a braille display. Which is most suitable? How easy is it to do? Join us to find out!
All of these Masterclasses take place from 7:30 PM-8:30 PM UK time. If you miss them live, they will be recorded and made available in the coming months via the Braillecast podcast.
To join by phone, please use these details:
- Phone number: 0131 460 1196
- Meeting ID: 846 4911 7372
- Passcode: 123456