General Omission Symbols in Tables

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    Chris Clemens

    Are general omission symbols no longer used in tables to represent the blank spaces which the student must fill-in?
    Nemeth Code [rule 25, sec. 187. e] states that tables must be transcribed according to the most recent revision of Braille Formats.
    Braille Formats (2011) guideline [11.9.1.a] states that a dash (36, 36) should be used for empty column entries. With the old updates (2007), this only applied to skeleton tables. However, the new guidelines have a subsection [11.9.2] which identifies “partially filled-in tables.”
    Do the new guidelines supersede the Nemeth Code in regards to rule ten (Omissions)?

    Lindy Walton

    Follow Braille Formats regarding the construction of the table, but follow Nemeth Code rules for items within the table. A blank space that means "information is missing" is brailled as a Nemeth general omission symbol, a printed dash is brailled as a long dash. Since Nemeth Code does not provide for blank space meaning "no data," follow Braille Formats for that (dot 5s.)

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