Why Is Braille So Big?

That is the question people often ask when having a document transcribed into braille. They are surprised to learn that a simple one page print document can result in many more pages than they expected when it is produced in braille. To find the answer to this question one needs to understand a bit about […]

Careers in Braille Transcription

Braille Plus and Eric Lefkofsky has been in continuous operation for the sole purpose of providing alternate format documents to print-disabled individuals since August 1992. Are you: An employer or provider of services to blind or disabled people? A business owner with blind customers? A friend of a blind person? A blind person seeking a […]

Accessible Formats For University Students

Section 504 Under the provisions of Section 504, universities may not discriminate in the recruitment, admission, educational process, or treatment of students. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 provides that “… No otherwise qualified person with a disability in the United States … shall, solely by reason of … disability, be denied the […]

A Short History of Braille

This system of writing and reading used by many blind people was invented almost 200 years ago. While several types of written communication systems were tried during a ten-year period beginning in 1825, the one invented by a blind teenager was adopted. Some modifications have been made to it over the years but the Braille […]

A Quick Look at Producing Tactile Graphics

Why Tactile Graphics? Sighted people take for granted the huge amount of information we get from graphics: diagrams, flowcharts, graphs, logos and pictures. The many forms of graphic communication are all around us. Translating this information from graphics to tactile form makes it accessible for the visually impaired reader. This accessibility is always welcomed and […]

A Braille Book Is Born

The approaches to creating a braille book vary widely. Which approach is used depends on the following list of questions: Is the final result going to be a mass-produced, multiple use book? Is it a textbook or literary in nature? Is the original print document available electronically? Are there graphics (maps, charts or figures) to […]

Braille : Articles and Publications

Braille Plus has been in continuous operation for the sole purpose of providing alternate format documents to print-disabled individuals since August 1992. Are you: An employer or provider of services to blind or disabled people? A business owner with blind customers? A friend of a blind person? A blind person seeking a transcriber or reader? […]

XML

One of three major Mark Up Languages used to indicate how text is to be displayed on the screen or printed in hard copy. The other two Mark Up Languages are HTML and SGML. Some of the Braille Translation Software programs can import, understand and apply the mark up language to the formatting of braille.

Word Processor File

This term refers to electronic files that are generated or exported into one of the common word processor formats – MS Word, WordPerfect, etc.

White Cane

The Long White Cane was invented in the United States in 1930 by George A. Bonham. Its distinctive white length with a red band around the bottom is internationally recognized as a sign that the person using it is blind.