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RE: [#925] mandatory H1 (Braille Formatting)

From: John M Slatin <john_slatin@austin.utexas.edu>
Date: Thu, 26 Aug 2004 12:42:31 -0500
Message-ID: <C46A1118E0262B47BD5C202DA2490D1A033180AE@MAIL02.austin.utexas.edu>
To: "Jim Allan" <jimallan@tsbvi.edu>, "Joe Clark" <joeclark@joeclark.org>, "WAI-GL" <w3c-wai-gl@w3.org>

Jim Allan sent the following:
<blockquote>
>From the MegaDots Braille Translation Software Manual
<megadots>
Headings

     There are three kinds of headings in braille: major headings, minor
headings, and paragraph headings.
     A major heading is centered, with a blank line before the heading,
and a blank line after it. Some braille groups do not put a blank line
after a major heading. Technically, this is a violation of the rules for
braille.
     A minor heading is blocked to cell five. This means that the
heading starts on the fifth cell of the line. Any runover also starts on
the fifth cell of the line. Usually, there is a skipped line before a
minor heading, but not after a minor heading.
     A paragraph heading is a line or phrase in italics (or some other
emphasis) that labels a paragraph and is immediately followed by text on
the same line. If this is done in inkprint, do the same in braille,
using italics.
     Braille rules require that there be at least one line of body text
after a heading or headings on the same page. If there is not enough
room on the page for the heading(s) and a line of body text, then the
heading(s) need to be postponed to the top of the next braille page.
....
</blocquote>

Do the conversion programs have a rule for deciding what's a major
heading and what's a minor one? (e.g., <h1 or 2> is a major heading,
<h3-6> is a minor?

John
Received on Thursday, 26 August 2004 17:42:32 UTC

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