Print Page Numbers

Also known as: "Reference Page Number" and "Print Page Indicator".

(See also: [svles...]. (Print Page Numbers (Parameters))

Code Used: [lea] or [lea;FIS~X]

Keystroke: Alt + Enter, type page number, then press Space.

What does it do?

It indicates the number of the next print page. The actual number for the next print page may either be generated automatically, by incrementing the current print page number, or must be specified as the word following the [lea] code.

The formatting of the print page indicator is dependent on the template in use. The example shown below is the BANA (North American) format. (See next topic for more options.)

Where would it be used?

There are occasions when it is necessary to show print page numbers, for example, in documents which would be referenced by page number. "You will find details on page 26."

Usage in DBT:

The meeting then went on to deal with matters arising from the above.

[lea]26 John Smith provided contact details.


[lea;f1]John Smith provided contact details.


[lea;p~3]26 John Smith provided contact details.

Produces in Braille (first two examples):

,! meet+ !n w5t on 6d1l

) matt]s >is+ f ! abv4


,john ,smi? provid$ 3tact


or (third example):

 3333333333333333333333333 #bf

,john ,smi? provid$ 3tact


Let us explain!

The first [lea] results in the default recommendation of displaying print page numbers. The BANA format is shown. In British braille the Print Page Indicator for our example is "3#bfcentered on the page.

The second [lea;f1], includes a specification of the fill style, f, indicating a full fill. This does not differ from the earlier example, because f is the default fill style. This example also includes an increment value 1, so DBT will create the page number by incrementing the current reference page number, rather than reading it from the document markup. Our example output assumes that the reference page number was 25 before [lea;f1].

With the third [lea;p~3], the p displays a "partial fill" giving a space before and after the fill character. The 3 generates dots 2, 5. (See Embosser Character Table for full list)

For the more technical:

In many braille formats, the Print Page is shown on a corner of each braille page, instead of or in addition to where the print page change actually is. The Page Numbering dialog of the Document menu is used to set up this format. Most of this detail is handled by your selection of document template. If, however, the page number DBT shows where a print page continues onto a new page is incorrect, this can be fixed using an [lec] code.

When generating reference page numbers by incrementing the current number, DBT can only increment Arabic or Roman page numbers. Roman page numbers can be either uppercase or lowercase. Thus, "3" increments to "4", "99" increments to "100", "iv" increments to "v", and so forth. However, in order to properly increment Roman page numbers in both print and braille documents, the first Roman print page number should be introduced with an [lea] command that includes the optional incrementation strategy parameter with a value of [r], e.g.:


This indicates a page break to begin page "i", and advises DBT that incrementing is to be done as for Roman numbers. When beginning the first print page with Arabic numbering, use an [lea] command that includes the optional incrementation strategy parameter with a value of [a], e.g.:


The extra parameter is required to avoid the potential for DBT improperly incrementing refererence page numbers in braille documents, where the distinction between letters and numbers is not always so clear.

Once a series of reference page numbers is begun, the fixed form code [lea;f1] may be used to increment the page number until there is a change in the sequence. You may save yourself some time by using the Shortcut Preferences dialog to assign a keyboard shortcut to insert this code.