Microsoft's "Word for Windows" is one of the most commonly used text editors world-wide. Features in Word can greatly facilitate your braille production, particularly if you use them to prepare your document in a systematic way.
We hope to show you some tips which will assist in preparing documents for import to DBT, minimizing the work to be done inside DBT itself, and saving you valuable time.
It may come as a surprise to learn that many of these tips equally apply to preparing Word documents for alternative formats such as large print, accessible Portable Document FormatPDF files, and e-books.
While we have tried to cover the main issues for using Word with the Duxbury Braille Translator (DBT), the author has found many useful hints, tips, and advice about Word at http://wordribbon.tips.net/.
If you have an older version of Word which uses menus instead of a ribbon, go to http://word.tips.net/.
The following are the main topics in this section:
Ten Tips for using Word
Things to Do First - to set the Word options to assist your work
First Things to Know - about shortcut keys, and styles, and more
Specific Features - useful for preparing Braille documents
Examples - of specific problem areas (like tables)
Mathematics - tools to help you with technical texts
SWIFT - a Word add-in for direct communication with DBT
The BANA Braille Template (for Word) - styles helpful for Braille
The Word Style Map (.mws file) - to coordinate styles from Word to DBT
Simple Braille Graphics - an example
Exporting a file from DBT to Word - how to go the other direction