Numbers and Letters in Headings

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    Chris Clemens

    In the new braille formatting guidelines (4.3.8), it states that a period rather than a decimal point is used when a number follows a letter in a heading. In a Nemeth transcription, do we continue to use decimal points in headings? Please see the attached example. (“Georgia Science Standard S8CS1.a” is the heading for this section.)

    Lindy Walton

    This is an interesting question and one I have heard from others, too. I am glad you brought it up.

    BF 4.3.8 actually says this: "Use the period, rather than the decimal point, when a period appears between a letter and a number." The BF example shows "A.4" which is a numeral following a letter, but the rule itself doesn't say what to do when a letter follows a numeral like your example shows -- 1.a -- S8CS1.a

    The Nemeth Code, however, is clear regarding a numeral following a letter. Use the multi-purpose indicator as shown in NC Sec.177.ii.

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