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Hi Cindi
A few question about UEB transcriptions with Nemeth encapsulation:
• On the Transcriber’s Note page should we use the same TN as given in BF for Nemeth transcriptions (with current updates date) or change it. For instance:

The Nemeth Braille Code for Mathematics and Science Notation, 1972 Revision, 2007-2015 Updates is used when transcribing technical content throughout this volume.
The Provisional Guidance for Transcription Using the Nemeth Code within UEB Contexts, Approved November 2014, is used to encapsulate any mathematical or chemical formula, including fragmentary expressions. See the Special Symbols page for Nemeth Code switch indicators. No contractions are used in Nemeth mode.
To avoid use of switch indicators when a single word standing alone occurs between two math expressions, a one-word switch indicator is used in Nemeth mode to indicate that the following word is in UEB.

It is not required that a note be made about the provisional guidelines. We are choosing to show it...and if you want to, your TN is good. If you are going to mention the one-word switch indicator, you might want to explain the symbol somewhere as well.

• In the NBA Bulletin Spring 2015 page 19 a pictograph is being transcribed. The print key uses an equal sign, in braille the UEB equal sign is used. Why? Why not the Nemeth equals sign?

This article is in relation to tactiles and was not done using the Nemeth Provisional Guidelines.

• Should a negative or positive number (e.g. -1 or +2) on their own be transcribed in Nemeth mode.

Not necessarily. The provisional guidelines specifically state that simple numbers do not have to be done in Nemeth. If the numbers are used in a math context in the text surrounding the simple number, I might do the numbers in Nemeth so they are consistently shown, but it is not required.

• Are we required to use the Dot locator for “mention” before two-cell keyed items in a table or a tactile graphic?

No. Keys are groups of letters, not symbols.

Thank you

You are welcome!

edited by claurent on 10/28/2015