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When you open (import) a file into Duxbury DBT, you have an opportunity to select a DBT Template. If you select a default Template, then you do not have to select a Template each time you open a file. Once you highlight the name of a DBT Template, you can click on the button that says Select Template as Default.

This DBT Template is designed to produce material written in the French language.

If the text you are producing into braille is written in a different language, then you need to select a different DBT Template.

Click here for more help on the DBT translator used by Francais 2006 - abrege

Multiple Templates for French

The French language has multiple DBT Templates.

Here is the list:

The word abrege means contracted (abbreviated). The word integral means uncontracted. The phrase de base means "basic". In this context, it means that emphasis in braille is not shown. The most common French template is Francais 2006 - abrege.

A manual for using DBT has been written in French. This pdf file is available on the root directory of the DBT CD-ROM.

Math Issues in French

DBT supports the French braille code for mathematics, published in January, 2007.

Contracted Braille

This language is usually produced in contracted braille. This means that words are not produced in braille on a one-for-one basis. There are abbreviations or contractions in the text. If you have questions about how braille is produced, please contact a member of your local braille authority.

Sometimes, you may want to produce uncontracted braille. This is easy to do with DBT. Before translation into braille, go to the top of the document in DBT, and issue the command Alt-1. When you translate into braille, the braille will be uncontracted

Sample Microsoft Word file

For a sample Word file in this language, open this URL:

in your browser. That is, clipboard the URL into your browser to open the Word file.

E-mail for suggestions on improving DBT braille translators (or requesting a translator for a new language).

E-mail for software support issues related to Duxbury DBT.

Click here to select a different DBT Template.