Indices, Graphs, Footnotes, List, Special Symbols

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    Chris Clemens


    If an index with main and sub-items is divided between braille pages, does the transcriber:
    a. Let the material fall naturally where it falls?
    b. Bring the main item down to line 1 if it falls on line 25?
    c. Treat as an indented list, following indent list rules (Braille Formats pg. 81 Rule 7$2c) and repeat the main items followed by (cont.)


    When graphs i.e.. (bar, circle, line) are not reproduced tactilely and are in non-mathmatical or technical materials. How should they be represented?
    a. In a transcriber's note
    b. In table format (what type of table)
    c. Other


    When footnotes are found in linear tables, the footnote indicator presents a unique problem because the footnote indicator 99 must follow the columned material it represents in the table and each new column of material itself is followed by some type of punctuation (colon, semi-colon, period) i.e.. 992, 993, 994. When the footnote indicator and the punctuation are together, this violates the rule that states that lower cell contractions must be in contact with the upper cell. How are footnotes and their indicators formatted in a linear table?


    When listed material is in a box, and a footnote appears in the material, the rules state: (Braille Formats pg. 83 Rule 7$2f) that the footnote must be placed at the bottom of the list. Does the footnote go inside or outside of the bottom box line?

    Reference: In non-specific margin notes that are placed at the end of material in a box, the margin note goes outside the box.

    Special Symbols

    Is there a specific list in Braille Formats or any other rule books that identifying symbols that must be mandatorily placed on the Special Symbols Page regardless of how many times they appear in a particular braille volume?


    Index--the rules are given in Rule 7 Sec. 4. They are specific to indices. The indention and runovers of index entries is specifically laid out. There is no mention of bringing main items to the next page. There is no mention of any other section in this rule. Therefore, let the material fall naturally. There is no need to create cross-reference in the rules where they don't exist.

    Graphs--This is the sort of question that needs a print example. That is why there is no rule for it. Each case of this kind must be decidided individually.

    Footnotes with punctuation. See Rule 12 Section 1 c. A symbol representing a print reference mark is placed AFTER the puncutuation in the text it refers to. The reference indicator always has a space before and after. This has nothing to do with the lower sign rule you mention because that refers to contractions. A braille reference indicator is not a contraction. The rule about puncutation and spacing takes care of this. Also note that the foodnote indicator itself is composed of lower dots without any contact with an upper dot.

    Lists--I would include the reference inside the box that encloses the list because it it part of the lsited material.

    Special Symbols--I'm not sure about what you are asking. The rule states that special symbols used through a volume are placed on the special symbols page. Special symbols used infrequently are given at the place where they occur in the form of a transcriber's note. It doesn't matter which symbol it is. Placement of special symbols notice is determined by frequency of use in the current volume, regardless of what symbol it is.


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