The Purpose of DBT

As implied by the name "Duxbury Braille Translator," the primary function of DBT is the translation of text from print to braille and from braille to print. As such Duxbury DBT is a word processor program with many unique functions. (Click here if you need more background on braille.)

Duxbury DBT reads print and braille documents. DBT reads Word 2007/2010/2013 documents, Office 365 files, Open Office documents, Excel files, and many other modern file formats.

As you open or create a new file, you specify a DBT Template, which defines the braille translation table (usually the language, but some languages have multiple braille systems) and the formatting system. Duxbury DBT support over 140 different languages through the choice of the DBT Template.

Duxbury DBT translates your file into braille at the touch of one key. Duxbury DBT supports all commercial embossers, including very old models.

Duxbury DBT allows you to import or create braille files and back translate into inkprint. There is bidirectional (print-to-braille and braille-to-print) translation for most languages.

Duxbury DBT can produce mathematics and science text into braille for American, UEB, older British, and Unified French Braille.

Intermediate levels (between grade 1 and 2) for Unified English Braille (and some older braille codes)

The ability to include tactile graphics files for mixed text-and-graphic documents embossed on the same page. DBT can import graphics from the TactileView application.

Duxbury DBT can import files from the GOODFEEL Music Translation program from Dancing Dots.

Built-in interline printing to have ink-braille and print together. This makes an easy proofing and teaching tool. Great for the braille-impaired too!

Textbook layout (format) according to Braille Authority of North America (BANA) standards

Accurate presentation of both print or braille in either WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) or coded (how-you-get-what-you-want) views in the word-processing screen, with easy switching between views

A "translated line" showing the "other" form in either print or braille files

Six-key chording for direct braille and print entry, not timing-based, compatible with most keyboards

DBT allows languages other than the principal language to be embedded in the same file and treated as appropriate for the context. This streamlines the production of braille for foreign-language texts and \ language teaching texts.

Over the years, DBT has added dozens of unusual features, designed to support groups of dedicated users. For example, DBT supports translation for Moon (a raised-line tactile system that can be looked up in Wikipedia). Provided you have a computer, Duxbury DBT, and an embosser that supports Moon output, you are good to go!


Additional Information about Braille

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