Transcribing text to braille

Braille transcription software is a great tool, but there are some things you need to be aware. Find out how it works and about using braille codes.

Braille transcription software

Braille transcription software works by converting text characters, words, punctuation and document layout to their corresponding braille character equivalents. The braille version of the file is then sent to a braille embosser, where a paper copy of the braille is produced and can be read tactually.

Preparing your file for conversion to braille

It really is all in the structure. If you have a well-structured text document that has been styled correctly, the chances are that you will get a well-structured braille document ready for embossing.                              

Beware of the braille rules

Due to the complexity of the rules that govern braille codes and the fact that different countries use different braille rules, it is important that you understand the braille rules that exist in your country, or have access to a professional braille transcriber to produce or proofread the braille for you.

Braille rules are occasionally updated and sometimes it can be a while before the braille translation software is updated to reflect the new rulings.

Braille translation software  

A number of different braille translation software programs are available Most suppliers offer free demonstration versions so you can  assess the suitability of the software before you commit to purchasing it.

Limitations of braille software

There are limitations to what the software can achieve, with some of the braille rules requiring decisions which can currently only be made by a person knowledgeable in the rules.

Buying the software allows easier braille production but still requires experience in braille to ensure quality output.