DBT Help Conventions

We strongly suggest you read this section at least once, to acquaint yourself with the conventions used throughout the these files.

DBT versus Duxbury

To avoid possible confusion with other Duxbury Products, we refer to the Duxbury Braille Translation program as "DBT" (Duxbury Braille Translator). Any references to "Duxbury" refer to the company, Duxbury Systems Inc., as a whole.

Embossers versus Printers

Although the term "braille printer" is often used, within these Help files we refer to this output device as an "embosser". When mention is made of the word "printer" it refers to an ink printer. (You will note that the File menu refers to Print and Emboss as two separate functions.)

Embossing Help Topics

You may find a button at the top of the Help screens called Emboss (if you have an embosser installed on your system). All being well, this button allows you to output the topic you are focused on to your braille embosser. You may notice some extraneous text in the output which can be caused by non-standard HTML codes. If you notice any problems like this, we would be grateful if you could advise us at the e-mail address at the end of this page.

Screen shots

Unfortunately it is not possible to produce a version of Help where the many illustrations are guaranteed to look exactly as they do on your own computer. For the screen images, we have mostly used the latest versions on Windows and the Macintosh. It is therefore possible that you may notice small differences in the appearance of these examples when compared to your own system.

Standard System Dialogs

DBT uses the standard dialogs that you also find in many other applications on your computer system, such as NotePad and Microsoft Office. Therefore, if you are already familiar with tasks such as opening, closing, and saving files, you will find these processes are the same in DBT, albeit there may be some slight differences which we will explain where appropriate.

Differences in appearance may also occur as a result of user customization. For example, you may have altered your Open File dialog to show File Details such as size and date, instead of icons. (Screen reader users may wish to alter some of their speech and/or braille display settings accordingly.)

How Things are Displayed in Help
DBT Text and Codes

Normal text which you type into DBT, our help topics display in black, using the Courier New font. This sentence is what such text looks like. (Incidentally, this is the default screen font used in DBT which you can change if you wish in View: Print Font.)

DBT Codes are also displayed in the Courier New font, but are shown in red and surrounded by square brackets. For example, the code [hds] is used at the start of a centered heading.

You may also see some codes such as [hds] above, which are hyperlinks and appear underlined like this [hds]. These are found mainly in the DBT Codes Quick Reference section where Codes may make reference to other codes elsewhere in the document.

DBT Screen Braille

Where braille is displayed, we have used DBT's own Simbraille font. This font displays Braille dots which would appear when embossed and also displays "shadow dots", which help less experienced, sighted readers identify which dots are being embossed. For example:

,? is a translat$ l9e ( brl4

(Which says, "This is a translated line of braille.")

Keystrokes

Keystrokes are indicated using a bold Arial font, e.g., a b c 1 2 3 F8 Alt Ctrl.

Standard abbreviations are used where applicable, e.g., Ctrl for the Control key.

Where two keys are shown in combination, such as Alt + F3, the first key should be held down whilst tapping the second key.

Key combinations can also consist of sequences of pressed keys, where some keys are pressed and released, and then other keys are pressed. A comma (,) indicates that keys are to be pressed one after the other. For example: Alt + f, x can be used to close many applications. In this example, press Alt and f together, release the keys, and then press x.

When referring to shortcut keys that require the use of the number pad, the term "Num Pad" precedes that key. For example: Insert + Num Pad 5. If the description does not say "Num Pad", use the number key from the number row of the keyboard.

Hyperlinks and Pop-Ups

Links to other topics, web sites, or e-mail addresses are conventionally shown in a green underlined font. Screen reader users normally hear something like "Link", or "Link to" spoken for these, for example:

In some places, particularly the Codes Quick Reference, you may see buttons labeled "Tell me more" - Concept Link IconTell me more- which will take you to additional explanation.

Searching

Note: Within the Help system, the Search function follows the same rules as searching in a modern web browser. If you type a single word, it normally finds all topics containing that word. For example, if you typed the word font, it would find many topics containing that word. However, if you type braille font, do not be surprised to find even more topics, as this search would find all occurrences of the word "braille" or the word "font". To narrow the search, type the expression inside double quotes, i.e., "braille font". This search only finds topics where the words, "braille font" appear together as you have typed them.

And Remember

We have tried to make these files as user friendly and accessible as possible, but if we have failed in some areas, please drop us a line and let us know. We will do our best to improve matters. Click here for our contact details.

Thank you.