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    Chris Clemens

    I was recently asked by another transcriber how I transcribe website addresses. I mentioned that I just do them by hand (6-key entry) since I've learned the symbols I need from the Computer Braille Code and I find this to be easy for me to just do them this way.

    I was researching how to transcribe website addresses using Braille2000 software. It mentions putting the text into Courier font if you want it transcribed using CBC. When I type a website address in using courier into a MS Word document, and then insert that document into Braille2000 using the Insert, print file choice, nothing happens.
    I get an error message in the Braille2000 Data Log that says:
    Failed to insert file. Richtext translator: No translator for language 'CBC'.

    I don't know if this is a problem with the version of MS Word I am using or if I am using incorrect steps here to try to translate print text into CBC. Thanks again for any advice.

    Chris Clemens

    After checking with brl2000 users, they tell me that you need to write the web address in ascii then translate it to the brl font 29. Save the file as an .rft and then insert it into brl2000.
    It sounds to me like putting it in using 6-key entry would be easier. Hope that helps.

    Chris Clemens

    Thank you for checking on this for me. I may try this just to see how easy or hard it is, but it does seem it may be easier to braille them by hand like I currently do.

    Chris Clemens

    You can use ANY braille font you have installed. The regular Braille from Braille2000 font works just fine. You can highlight each address and change that font to the braille font. You also need to add the beginning and enging CBC indicator, which is _+ for beginning and _: in ascii. You can also use Find and Replace for this function if you are familiar with that feature in Word. It is MUCH easier than inputting the braille by hand.


    Chris Clemens

    Thank you Joanna for these instructions! I tried this and can see how it could definitely save time, especially with a long website address. I took a fairly long web address that I knew would take up more than one braille line. I added the ascii for beginning and ending CBC indicators like you said (am doing this in a Word file), highlighted the text and changed font to the BRL2000 font. The colon, slash, and decimal points of the web address translated fine into their CBC equivalents.
    But when I used a website name that had an underscore or a Capital letter in the web address, these did not carry over correctly. Should they? It put in only 1 dots 456 for the underscore--my reference sheet has the underscore requiring 2 sets of dots 456. For the capital letter in the web address, I thought it should put in the dots 456 to indicate the shift indicator for the capital, but it did not do this at all.
    My other question involves continuing to other lines. When I braille website addresses by hand, I know to break at an appropriate spot (such as after a slash) and put in the continuation indicator (dots 456, dots 12346), and start the runover lines in cell 2. Is the continuation indicator something that is put in by hand later when adjust and fix up the line? Or should the translation put it in? I believe the ascii code for the continuation indicator is _&. But how would I know where to place that since I don't yet know where the line will break when it gets into BRL2000.
    Thanks again for any advice here.


    DBT users have a CBC style that is used for both inline and displayed computer notations of emails and web addresses. No need to hand enter anything.

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