I am the supervisor of the QC Department at my agency. I largely use Braille Formats and Rules of UEB as reference for my checks, using any of the thousand or so other reference books and bulletins when needed.
I am unfamiliar with how the braille community at large interprets the use of braille rules so I would like to ask this: Is it more important to follow the rules found in these manuals rigidly or is it okay to color outside the lines (using a common sense approach based on the material being transcribed) so long as a clear and concise transcription of the material is maintained? I am talking about common formats here, not oddball or one-off jobs.
I feel a balance should be struck between what is clear for the braille reader, what's easiest for the transcriber (who's doing a massive amount of braille on a deadline) and following the rules as closely as possible. However, I am told by some in my department that nothing is more important than strictly following the rules laid out in these manuals, therefore I am asking an outside party for an opinion. I realize the answer to this question can easily be chalked up to being "an agency decision" which is why I am asking about the consensus of the braille community at large. Thank you.