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    BF 2011
    1.7.1 & 2.3.4a & c Why isn’t the order of title info the same for the title page and the first page of text? 1.7.1 has series before subtitle and 2.3.4a has subtitle before series. Does it matter? If so, what is the correct order?

    It should be the same and I hope to have it corrected before the print edition is published. The purpose of the on-line edition and the delay of the print edition is for people to find errors and let the committee know about them.

    p. 2-54 4.4.3 says, “Headings should be balanced and divided at a logical location when longer than one line.” When the heading “Special Symbols Used In This Volume” is divided after “Used” instead of before it is unbalanced according to cell count. This is shown on p. 11 of the workshop, “Overview of Format Changes” Part 1? Also, wouldn’t it more logical to divide it between subject and predicate

    This is up to the transcriber to decide, the headings do not need to be exactly divided.

    2.5.3 Nothing is mentioned about the capitalization of category headings. Are we still initial capping them?

    This is a common sense decision, they should be capped.

    6.2.1 & 6.2.2c We have a picture to be omitted that has no caption. Do I still include the copyright and/or source information? 6.2.1 says, “copyright info is included after the completion of the caption” and 6.2.2c says, “source citations for an illustration are shown immediately following the caption.” Being there is no caption, the info cannot go after or following thus is omitted. Correct?

    Yes, the source information is omitted. There is no need for source information when you are not reproducing the illustration or if there is no caption to be sourced.

    6.3.1 Says descriptions “follow the caption” and 6.2.1 says copyright is included “after” the caption. When you have both, which goes first after/following the caption?

    The copyright follows the caption which is followed by the description.

    6.13.1d Says, “Speaker’s notes, if included, are in 7-5.” Yet Sample 6-16, braille lines 13-14 and 24-2 show normal paragraph indention? What is the correct way?

    Speaker’s notes are text not on the slide. They may be in a handout or something of that nature.
    Sample 6-1 6.3.1 says, “Some images may require a description, which is enclosed in a transcriber’s note following the caption.” But Sample 6-1 shows the description before the caption? What is the correct way?

    Sample 6-1 is in error.

    Sample 6-12 6.10.1c says, “Include the first and last date shown, with or without an associated event.” In option 1, under Politics & Government, shouldn’t the last date, 1525, be shown in braille on line 8? Also, in option 1, why is line 13 in cell 1 instead of cell 3?

    Yes, 1525 should be shown and line 13 should be in cell 3.

    Sample 6-13 Option 2—Why is the column data aligned by value? The tn describes the bar graph being shown as a table and 11.6.1c says “items are left adjusted” unless as 11.6.1d says “numerals aligned by place value in print are transcribed as shown.” These values aren’t aligned in print.

    There is a discrepancy between 11.6.1c and d, c says items are left adjusted except numbers and then d goes on to say that numbers are aligned as in shown in print when print has them in value alignment.

    7.1.4 Do box lines go on the special symbols page? In section 7 of the Braille Formats 2011, box lines are listed as special symbols. Yet, no where are we instructed to place them on the special symbols page. Every listed symbol in BF 2011 has an accompanying guideline in BF 2011 to place it on the special symbols page. Except box lines.

    Yes, they should go on the special symbols page, the definition of the box line usage has changed, especially for the full cell box line.

    10.3.3 This guideline says” Numbered or lettered directions are in 1-5.” Wouldn’t the runover indention of numbered or lettered directions correspond to the furthest runover (actual/implied) of the exercise below it? 10.4.2b does tell us this but it seems to conflict with 10.3.3.

    10.3.3 is talking about simple directions/exercise materials, section 10.4.2b expands that to cope with materials with further levels of indention.

    Sample 10-3 Including the lettered directions and the two levels of subdivisions, has three levels of info. Shouldn’t the runover for all be 7? 1-7, 3-7, 5-7 Such as Sample 18-2? Shouldn’t the displayed paragraph follow print blocked format? §9.2.2.d

    Sample 10-3 is on the error list, something happened between the first proofing and the last one and the paragraph got shifted.

    11.2.4c Will you clarify the intent of the 2nd sentence please? It says, “Boxing lines may be omitted when a table will fit on a single page without them.” We understand this to mean when a boxed table is too big to fit on a single braille page and omission of the box lines allows the table to fit on a single braille page, then you “may” omit the box lines.

    That is correct. It would be silly to divide a table between pages if the omission of the boxing lines will allow it to fit on one page.

    11.17.1k Is the 36, 36 dash used for a blank column entry when the reader is to provide an answer as it says in 11.6.4? Or do we insert three unspaced dot 5’s for all blanks in a linear table?

    You need to distinguish between blanks that are omitted information in print and blanks that the reader needs to fill in, for blanks the reader needs to fill in use the dash.

    Sample 13-13 Why isn’t a tn used per §13.11.1 for the omission of the music notation?

    The focus of the example is the song title and associated information, the entire example was not shown. The tn would have been before the title.

    Sample 15-8 Why is a transcriber’s note used here? We’re not instructed to do so per §15.7.3 or anywhere else that we can see.

    The tn is inserted to explain the unusual print situation. It is fairly rare to have both the rhyme scheme and the line numbers. This would be up to the transcriber to decide.

    16.5.5b & c Wouldn’t the note referencing the first note be the main item with the referenced note being the subitem? On Sample16-7 line 15, note 5 referencing note 4 is the main item and on line 16-14 the referenced note is the subitem.

    First you need to reference the note on the page you are reading which was note 5, then you repeat the note in the subitem position.

    Samples16-2, 16-4, Why is the bold retained for the line numbers? 16.4.1h 16-9 says, “do not retain font attributes for line numbers.”

    I do not see that the line number emphasis is retained. In Sample 16-4 the references begin with the reference indicator, followed by an indicator for the type of print mark, followed by the letter l for line and then the line number.

    Sample 16-2 On lines 3-4 and 8, why isn’t the bold retained for the words? 16.4.1h says, “Font attributes are retained, unless all notes using the same reference indicator are entirely emphasized.” These aren’t entirely emphasized, thus shouldn’t the bold be retained?

    All of the reference words are emphasized, therefore it is unnecessary to differentiate between types of references.

    17.5.1 17.5.1 says, “Use the primary bullet when only some of the items in a list are marked.” What if they’re all marked? This seems to suggest that the bullet is used only when some of the items are marked. We think that if some or all are marked with the same bullet the primary bullet is used. Is this correct?

    If there is only one style of bullet used, use the primary bullet, for two styles use the primary and secondary. When all of the words have the same bullet, use the primary bullet on all of them.

    21.4.2a-c The wording states that the compound hyphen (25, 25) is used only at a line break when the hyphenated compound word splits between lines. Yet Ex. 21-9 shows otherwise. In diacritics, is the compound hyphen used to represent the hyphen between the component words of a hyphenated compound word regardless if it’s at the line break or not? Such as stated in 21.3.1b. 21.4.2c and 21.3.1b seem to conflict.

    21.4.2c is just a reinforcement of 21.3.1b, so that the regular hyphen would not be used for hyphenated compound words at a line break.

    21.1.3 (21.8.1b) Pronunciation enclosure symbols are special symbols except for parentheses & brackets. Is that both square and angle?

    No, it is just the normal bracket.

    21.5 In the “Overview of Format Changes” presented by Lynnette Taylor and Debbie Brown April 2012, §21.5 on p. 22 in Session 3 says, “Pronunciation symbols in instructional content, that is when the use of the symbol is being discussed, have the dot numbers added after the symbol. The symbol does not have a dot 4. This is intended to show the student the symbol exactly as it is brailled.” But BF 2011 §21.5.1a says, “When an identified freestanding diacritic symbol, e.g., stress mark, or macron, appears within text, the symbol is preceded by dot 4.” Both texts use the same print example and braille it according to their respective statements. Which is correct?

    Formats is correct, that was a change between the time I wrote the workshop and the latest version of Formats.

    22.6.3 In the “Overview of Format Changes” presented by Lynette Taylor and Debbie Brown April 2012, §22.6.3 on p. 24 in Session 3 it says, “In dictionaries and glossaries, spellings that are acceptable but are different than the normal spelling are contracted first and then uncontracted.” But BF 2011 says’ “Variant spellings of an entry word, with or without syllable breaks, are uncontracted. Retain font attribute for variant spellings.” Which is correct?

    Formats is correct, that was a change between the time I wrote the workshop and the latest version of Formats. This section was one of the last ones completed and there were several changes between the two events.

    Sample 22-10 In the print definition of agree, second sentence, “parents is not italicized in print yet is part of an italicized phrase in braille. Why is that?

    It is an error and is on the error list for correction before print publication.

    in reply to: BF 2011 quote in a note margins #21706

    Sample 16-6 is a note that contains a quote. At the conclusion of this sample there is a link to return to the text. Try that. That takes you to Section 16.5.4 where the braille formatting is specificallly discussed for this specific situation.


    in reply to: BF 2011 Errors-Typos #21688

    Thank you, I will check your list against the list I have compiled from other very observant people and add anything that is new. I really appreciate the information, the errors found in the on-line version should be corrected in the print version when it comes out.

    in reply to: true/false with write-on lines #21663

    I don't have an actual page at the moment. This is a hypothetical question relayed from someone else. The print she's seen, though, looks just like I typed it.

    in reply to: epigraph page numbering #21665

    Follow BF2011 guidelines referring to keeping the material in page number order.

    in reply to: blank line between stanzas #21660

    13.4.1: Follow this guideline as written, we would not want to insert a stanza break where there is none. The page change provides the same information to the braille reader that the sighted person has when there is uncertainty about a stanza break.

    in reply to: Crowded title page #21646

    Yes, you can omit the total volumes line if your agency has not specifically requested it. Thanks in advance for the scanned page.

    in reply to: Crowded title page #21645

    I will be happy to scan it and send my braille transcription of the title page for you to look at within next few days. It looked deceptively simple as far as title page info goes, but then it seemed like most lines were just a little too long to fit on one line and needed to be run over. I am going to ask one more question about this title page. I don't know how many volumes it will be as I need to just go volume by volume. It looked like 2.3.8 a(1) said an agency may require the total volumes to be listed on the title page. Since I don't know what that will be, should I just omit that line altogether, and just put the Volume 1 that I am working on? (That will also give me a blank line if I omit it.)
    Thanks again,

    in reply to: Crowded title page #21644

    If you will look at Section 2.3.3 in BF2011 you will see that blank lines are not required but are allowable. If you can get everything on the title page without blank lines that is what you should do.

    Section 2.4 gives some options for the second title page and that may help you also.

    I would really like to see a print and braille copy of a title page that is that crowded so if you could scan it, I would appreciate it.

    in reply to: Contents page numbering using new guidelines #21643

    The first page of your table of contents will have i-iii. The next braille page will be aiii. Look at Section 1.10.8a for an explanation of this.

    in reply to: Computer #21630

    Hi. This is Dorothy. I apologize. I thought our answer to your question in the math forum had been posted. It was the same as the answer in this forum. I'm sorry we held you up by not answering.

    in reply to: lettered/numbered directions #21638

    The indention of exercise materials is based on a combination of 10.4.2 which gives the levels of indention and 10.7 which discusses displayed material. In Sample 1-3 the displayed material should have begun in cell 5. In Sample 18-2 there are three layers of information which dictates the use of cell 1-7 for the lettered component, cell 3-7 for the numbered component, and cell 5-7 for the component with lower case numbers.

    in reply to: Computer #21629

    By now you will have noticed that both Saralyn and I have answered you, and I hope have helped especially Saralyn. Your non-answer to the other forum is being looked into.


    in reply to: Computer #21628

    On pages 17-18 in The Computer Code Manual there is an example and an explanation that I think will answer your question nicely. The example shows ROM to RAM in an explanatory portion of text. It's been brailled in Computer Code and the explanation given says that ROM and RAM are part of a discussion of text editing .... I think your example is similar in that your example uses terms that are actually used in the computer programming language. They are in a different typeface which sets them apart from the narrative text.

    Another example in the Computer Code Manual is in Section 1: Guidelines for Identifying Computer Notation. Page 6 section 1.7 talks about words and/or symbols thay may not make sense in the context of the primary code being used. The example LPRINT is brailled in Computer Code.

    According to these sections in the Computer Code Manual, it looks like you would be correct to treat the terms getchar and putchar as embedded Computer Code.

    I hope this helps

    in reply to: displayed material in directions #21602

    I want to make sure: Even in unnumbered/unlettered directions, the adjusted left margin is in cell 5?

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