The Use of Typeface in Guide Words

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    Chris Clemens

    A question has risen regarding the use of typeface for Entry Words and Braille Page Guide Words in a glossary where emphasis is retained.
    BF 1997, Rule 19, §1c(2)(a) states:

    Use Braille italics to represent special typeface(s) used to identify foreign words or terms in an etymology or to emphasize specific words, abbreviations, or phrases within an entry. …

    We agree, as shown in the Transcriber’s Note, the typeface must be retained in the entry words to maintain the distinction. We would like to know if the typeface should carry over to the Braille Page Guide Words?
    BF 1997, Rule 19, §f(2) does not state to omit or retain the typeface for the Braille Page Guide Words. Would it be appropriate to maintain the typeface in the Braille Page Guide Words so they are consistent with the Entry Words? Or too omit/ignore the typeface?
    Example 1 shows the guide words without typeface retained. Example 2 shows the guide words with the typeface retained.


    Big Question vocabulary appears in [color=#0066ff]blue type[/color]. High-utility Academic Vocabulary is [color=#0066ff][u]underlined[/u][/color].

    [color=#0066ff]concession[/color] (kuhn SEHSH uhn) n. act of granting or giving; allowance
    [color=#0066ff]concrete[/color] (kON kreet) adj. something specific or tangible
    condemn (kuhn DEHM) v. disapprove of; pass unfavorable judgment on
    condemned (kuhn DEHMD) v. declared to be guilty of wrongdoings; convicted
    [color=#0066ff][u]conduct[/u][/color] (KON duhkt) n. the way a person acts; behavior
    configuration (kuhn FIHG yuh RAY shuhn) n. arrangement of parts; pattern
    [color=#0066ff][u]confirm[/u][/color] (kuhn FURM) v. establish the truth or correctness of something
    confounded (kon FOWND ihd) adj. made to feel confused
    [color=#0066ff]confrontation[/color] (kon fruhn TAY shuhn) n. clashing of forces or ideas
    [color=#0066ff][u]confusion[/u][/color] (kuhn FYOO zhuhn) n. state of disorder or distraction

    I have attached 2 Braille examples that we offer as a solution for you to view. Take a look at them and let us know what you think.

    Thank you in advance for your help.


    This is a very interesting question. First, do NOT use any of the print emphasis in the guide words. The purpose of the guide words is only for quick alphbetic location and emphasis indicators slow down that process and aren't needed in guide words anyway.

    I strongly recommend the following for dealing with the blue type and underlining in this glossary. Use the dot 46 italic indicator for the underlined words, because that is how underlining is most commonly shown. Use the boldface indicator for the blue typeface. It is NOT necessary to mention the use of the italics indicator in the underlined text in the TN. Just mention that the boldface indicator is used for the blue type and use that in the introductory text that explains the blue type.

    Reminder: Don't forget to start using the new Formats Guidelines for all new books after Jenuary 1, 2013. You can start using the new guidelines NOW only for new books. Finish books already started with the 1997 Formats. Print emphasis is treated very differently in the new guidelines! Watch for it!

    Thank you for sending the print and braille examples. They were both very helpful.


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