This is the technical description of a DBT Translation table. If you want more general information about languages and template choices, please see the list of templates.
Initially, the language table for braille translation is determined by the selected template, and may be changed using the Document / Translation Tables menu. Using those menus does not require use of the table designator. However, to switch to a different translation table partway through a file, one must enter a DBT code and the designator for the table to switch to. For switching secondary languages within a base language table, see the [lng~X] command. For switching from one base language to another, see the [lnb~...] command.
The Yue (Cantonese) tables support print-to-braille translation of Yue-language literary text into uncontracted Yue braille.
Uncontracted English is also supported. Technical (mathematics and computer) notation is generally transcribed as in Unified English Braille (UEB).
Although DBT Win DBT 11.1 and later are able to display accented letter combinations and many non-Roman scripts, it is nevertheless often more convenient to use Microsoft Word for entering and editing print text, which can then be imported into DBT for subsequent translation. When preparing the text in Word, be sure to use a Unicode font (such as Lucida Sans or the default Times Roman), so that the underlying characters are encoded in Unicode. (Note that the appearance on screen is not the issue. Fonts that merely cause standard ASCII characters to be displayed as the desired accented or non-Roman letters will not work, because they will be imported according to their standard interpretation, not their appearance.)
True braille-to-print (i.e., reverse) translation is not supported. This means that it is not generally useful to translate an Yue braille file to print. It also means that the "translated line" does not work when viewing the braille file. You may prefer to turn off the "translated line" under the View menu, or even under Global/Default if you wish it to be off by default.
Note: The Han (ideographic) characters of the Chinese, Japanese, and Korean languages share a common code-space in Unicode. The Han characters are converted to an appropriate alternate script form to translate a document into braille. DBT does this conversion during the importation of a Han-based file into DBT (from MS Word or OpenOffice). Normally, Duxbury DBT selects the correct language-script according to the template that the user selected prior to importing the document.
The conversion on import is controlled in the Global:Import Options dialog. By default, the "Choose script based on template selected" checkbox is checked. This greatly simplifies the file import process for almost all users. By unchecking that box, the radio buttons under "Default language for Han script" can be used instead to select which language script will be used.
Because of the script conversion, one should never try to cut and paste Han characters directly into DBT, but rather paste them into a Word or OpenOffice document and import them from there.
Roman script is generally transcribed as in Unified English Braille (UEB).
There are no secondary languages supported within the Yue table itself. However, it is possible to switch to any of the available translation tables listed in DBT. (See the [lnb~...] code below.)
Technical (mathematics, computer, or scientific) notation is generally transcribed as in Unified English Braille (UEB). It is also possible to switch to any of the available translation tables listed in DBT (see the [lnb~...] code below), many of which do support various technical codes, such as for mathematics or computer notation, or which support “unified” treatment of technical notation as well as literary text in the base language associated with the table.
The following DBT translation codes are available when using the Yue table. Codes related to the entry of type forms, mathematics, etc. as in the English/Unified tables may also be used and will generally be treated in the same way. Any other translation codes used will be ignored, or indeed may cause unexpected results. If using an alternative translation table, i.e., when switching to another base language table by means of the[lnb~...] code, please refer to the relevant topic and available codes for that table.
[lnb~...] (for switching to another base [primary] language table)
The table is designed to work with the following groups of characters:
All ASCII printable characters
Yue letters and punctuation marks
Mathematical signs, shapes, etc. (DUSCI pages D+df..., D+e2..., D+e5..., D+ef..., D+f0..., D+f1...)
The above is a general guide only (see "General Notes" section under the main “Language Translation Tables” topic).
The Cantonese/Yue braille is based on the Romanization system used by the Hong Kong government. When a Cantonese Microsoft Word file is imported into DBT, it is converted into this standard Romanization. The import of Word Files into Cantonese Romanization is based on information from the Hong Kong government (the web pages have since been deleted).
Information on braille for Cantonese was obtained from:
(Documentation reviewed June 2017)