PerkyDuck from Duxbury Systems is free and supports 6 key
entry. Could this work?
On 14/05/2020 10:18 pm, Penny
This is a letter I got the other day. Jill's friend wants to
do 6 dot entry, I think, but using the PC?
Maybe someone can make more send of this than I did.
I remember 6 dot entry using a qwerty keyboard, but it was at
least 30 years ago.
Here is Jill's letter to me.
The braille notetaker, though, I think, has it's own program
or translation algorithm. It's not using Word or the like. So,
this person wants to type braille into a Word or Google
document with six-key entry input. Translation isn't necessary
since the person using it knows braille. I think it's a doable
thing, but I don't think there's enough of a market that
someone ever considered cultivating it.
I don't think this person has either a braille notetaker or a
braille translation program. I think they want a keyboard
(physical or simulated) that designates a particular key per
braille cell dot. It would have to be chorded so that you can
hit multiple keys input and all the keys would act as a chord
to form the correct braille character, sort of like a musical
Funny enough, I used to have one. Pretty touchy---like, it
would work when it wanted to, but it was 1986---it's beyond
the age of no return. Problem is I only used it with my
braille transcription program. Back in those days, it was
lighter than carrying around a keyboard. I never even tried it
with a regular print program like Word. I like six-key entry,
so I never really considered using glyphs or ascii font. It's
like Duxbury. Too much of a learning curve for me. I want to
see dots on the screen---not symbols.
I also have the Visual Brailler or VB braille ios app. I like
it, but it's so flat without give that it would absolutely
ruin my braille skills to use it on a regular basis.
Once I bought a graphics embosser, I had to learn about the
visual font graphics. All that had to be done with ascii, you
know, braille sim font. It actually works out to be real
braille in the long run, but typing it is a bear. Six key
entry is so much easier.
Speaking of easy. I'm taking a course in UEB mathematics---I
absolutely love it! It's 100% logical. No gray matter. WYSIWYG
What you see is what you get. No code switches because there's
just one code! I didn't think I'd ever ask, why are we still
using Nemeth, but I'm beginning to understand why the rest of
the world ditched it.
Of course, what she wants is in the top of the letter. Thanks
for any ideas. I'll send them on to her, if that's all right.