The following is a question from my training supervisor at the Center for Braille and Narration Production.
Uncertain about how to handle a date that uses periods as separators instead of slashes or dashes. Here are the three examples that were found. We are wondering whether we should replace periods with the hyphen or with the Braille decimal point. FYI, we are conforming to Textbook Formatting rules.
Braille Formats (1997) says in Rule 5, Section 4a(1) that we should “Use the punctuation shown in print except that the Braille decimal point (46) and not the period must be used to represent a print dot shown separating the Arabic numerals of a date.”
Instruction Manual for Braille Transcribing, Fifth Edition, 2009 says in Lesson 13.8 to “Substitute braille hyphens when print uses other separators, such as spaces or dots.”
EBAE 1994, Revised 2002: 2007 Update says in Rule VI.27.e says “When a date is indicated by the number of the month, day or year, separated in print by the oblique stroke, hyphen or period, the corresponding numbers are used in Braille separated by the hyphen,”.
[u]Reminder[/u]: The new 2011 Braille Formats goes into effect for new projects started after Jan. 1, 2013 and after that date, it is required. It is recommended, but NOT required, that NEW projects started now be transcribed also with the new Formats. It is available for free .pdf download at the BANA website, http://www.brailleauthority.org