French Math: from Braille to Print
Converting a Braille Formatted File of French Text and French Math to Inkprint Math
A braille formatted file is a file containing the ASCII characters used to stand for braille laid out in a file the same way a braille page is laid out. Here is a short sample:
.6ATIQZ L .(API0E ,\ .TEST
.=VALUZ > =LS S2V?S 8UTILISZ DS
RADI1S1 L CAS =(=?03
.0\VZ ' D=RIV=E D (C DS =LS S2V?S3
,*#4 ,Y7SIN@-* ,<X@%
,**4 ,Y7COS@-* ,*/X
,*<4 ,Y7COT@-* ,>;%X2
,*:4 ,Y7?X@< ,TAN@-* ,E@X
,*\4 ,Y7% ,COS@-*X-< ,SIN@-*X
Import the file into DBT, using Francais 2006 - abrege DBT template. Accept the default file type, Braille Formatted File. Once imported, press Ctrl-T to translate to inkprint.
To output this file in inkprint, use one of the two sets of instructions found below.
1) Save As to Word, Get MathType Equations
For this method, you need a copy of Microsoft Word installed plus a copy of MathType by Design Science. (Neither program is free.)
From DBT's file menu, select Save As, specify the new name for your file, and choose Word Document as the File type.
Next, launch Word. Open the newly created file. Use Ctrl-A to select all the text. From the MathType Menu, choose Publish, then choose Toggle TeX. You should see the entire file translated to show text and math equations. You can now print out math equations and text.
If the Toggle TeX option is disabled, it indicates the process of producing this file has hit a snag. A work-around that often (but not always) succeeds is: save the Word file, close Word, and then re-start Word. The problem might be caused by an error in the text such as starting a square root and not ending it. It may also be a DBT problem. If you need help, send the source .dxp file as an e-mail attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2) Save As to LaTeX, Get Scientific Notebook or Scientific Viewer Equations
Note: MacKichan Software has gone out of business. For this method, you need a copy of Scientific Notebook or Scientific Viewer installed. Scientific Viewer is freeware. Scientific Notebook is no longer produced. The latest version that is compatible with DBT was version 5.5.
From DBT's file menu, select Save As, specify the new name for your file, and choose LaTeX as the File type.
If you do not get what you expected, it indicates the process has hit a snag. This might be caused by an error in the text such as starting a square root and not ending it or a problem in DBT. If you need help, send the source .dxp file as an e-mail attachment to email@example.com.