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    Chris Clemens

    Main items in a Table of Contents.
    Braille Formats Rule 2, Section 7.c(1)(a) states that main items are 1/3 when there are ONLY main items in the ENTIRE table of contents. There could be two interpretations: entire contents of the particular volume or entire contents of the print book.
    We are working on a volume 7 of a textbook. The table of contents for volume 7 has only main items. In volume 1 where this portion of the material is brailled, the items begin in cell 1 and runover in cell 5 because there are sub-items (in other volume sections).
    Should the content items in Volume 7 be brailled in cell 1/3 even though it was 1/5 in the first volume?

    Chris Clemens

    I have conferred with colleagues about this and the consensus is to carry on with what you have. In other words, this rule may be interpreted to mean the contents in the current volume. In volumes with no sub-items, use 1-3 and only in volumes where there are sub-items, use 1-5, 3-7 as you discuss. This is what most transcribers do and it makes the most sense.

    This would be my own recommendation and it is, in fact, what I do in my own transcribing.



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