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newspaper website offering a braille-friendly file?

From: Jim Tobias <tobias@inclusive.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2004 12:12:13 -0400
Message-Id: <200409181612.i8IGCFJt056750@cedant4.abac.com>
To: "'WAI IG'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, <uaccess-l@trace.wisc.edu>

Hi All,

I just visited the Casper Wyoming Star Tribune website to read an article:

At the bottom of the article were 3 links: "email this story", "printable
version", and "braille file".  The last was explained thus: "This will
download to your computer a computer braille ASCII file of the current story
translated into grade 2 braille. This file may be sent to any standard
braille embosser."

I was astonished, and downloaded the file.  I can't vouch for the Grade 2
accuracy, but it certainly looks appropriate.  The filename is
'braille.brl', which isn't too helpful (to me at least, with the.brl
extension).  But overall, it seems like an amazing step forward, and a
candidate for Best Practice.

Can anyone enlighten me on how this service came to be?  I'm less interested
in the technology of generating a Grade 2 braille file than in the process
whereby a smallish paper came to provide this option.  Apologies if this
kind of service is common; I've never seen it on a newspaper site.

Jim Tobias
Inclusive Technologies
732.441.0831 v/tty
Received on Saturday, 18 September 2004 16:13:36 UTC

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