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This is a basic DBT Template. Click here for more information about Basic Templates.

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

You can make this template your default selection.

Click here for more help on the DBT translator used by Japanese (Kana) - basic.

Uncontracted Braille

This language is usually produced in uncontracted braille. This means that words in the text are produced in braille on a one-for-one basis. One braille character for each inkprint symbol. Some inkprint punctuation may require more than one braille character. Showing upper case, emphasis, or numbers will add braille characters to the character count. But there are no abbreviations or contractions. If you have questions about how braille is produced, please contact a member of your local braille authority.

Non-Roman Script

This language is written in a script other than the Roman alphabet. This may result in problems when importing files into DBT. Your best bet is to import files from Microsoft Word or Open Office that are written in a Unicode font. You can contact support at Duxbury Systems if you have a file which does not import properly into DBT. Please send the file which does not import (the original inkprint file), not a screen shot of DBT.

Duxbury Systems strives to work with users to make sure that our software works with as many file formats as possible. Contact us if you have any concerns.

Han Script Issues

This language uses Han (Chinese) characters. You can select how DBT handles Han characters.

Go to the Global Menu, and select Import Options. There is a menu that looks like this.

Default language for Han (Chinese) script:

Please go to this option, and make the correct selection. If you change your default DBT template, you may need to change this option again. Your choice of languages does not change the import choices, so you must do this manually if you work with multiple languages that make use of Han script.

Special Screen Mode for Japanese Braille

For Japanese, we have created a special mode to display braille on the screen that uses the traditional characters that are used in Japanese braille transcriber manuals. This mode is not recommended for blind users.

Go to the Global Menu, and select Internationalization, and then Braille Encoding for Input and Display. At the end of the list, select Japanese visual proofing.

Below is a screen shot.

Screen shot showing Japanese text in DBT

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 languages@duxsys.com for suggestions on improving DBT braille translators (or requesting a translator for a new language).

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

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