[NFB-Braille-Discussion] Braille transcribing question

Donald Winiecki dwiniecki at handid.org
Tue Dec 17 12:39:46 UTC 2019

Hi Josh,

Yes. Most textbook transcription today happens using translation and
formatting software.

Even so, I won't say that a Perkins brailler or slate are unnecessary or
even obsolete for people who produce braille for more than personal use.
Currently, I have a job in which I am using a Perkins and I regularly use a
slate to braille small jobs, including one-off tactile graphics, dymo-tape
labels, and such.

And believe it or not, I am actually on the lookout for an interpoint slate!


On Tue, Dec 17, 2019 at 5:17 AM Josh Kennedy via NFB-Braille-Discussion <
nfb-braille-discussion at nfbnet.org> wrote:

> Hi,
> But do transcribers still use perkins braillers or maybe electric perkins
> braillers today? I imagine there may still be some textbooks or parts of
> textbooks which require special formatting, where it may be easier just to
> use a perkins brailler and hand-transcribe the material in the textbook so
> the transcriber can make sure the text comes out exactly as he or she
> wishes, placing the perkins brailler in the exact spots to get the desired
> results. Or are computers so advanced now that you can do even the most
> advanced and unusual formatting with translators and computer braille
> embossers, making perkins braillers or 40-cell transcribing slates
> unnecessary?
> Josh
> Sent from my iPod
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