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ok - so Braille paper is still the best option - for now | 310 comments | Create New Account
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ok - so Braille paper is still the best option - for now
Authored by: Anonymous on Monday, July 01 2013 @ 02:25 PM EDT

No surprise given how little actual R&D has gone into communication software.

That still doesn't change one of the primary points of significant cost - historically of course:

    converting a storage copy into a new print
Consider the old printers where the typeset had to be configured by hand. Now think of all the time it took to take that book and set the new print before they could start running off copies.

Now consider a digital plain text version being filtered through a braille printer converting the text into the little dots.

I never said storing the vault copy as a plain text digital version would solve all costs. I've only spoken to the initial conversion to get it to plain text and then software can take it from there and put it in any version you want.

Of course - if someone out there has patents on that kind of thing.... that's a whole different problem.

How's this for an idea, borrowed from a movie:

    How about a small portable technological device designed with a small pad where braille dots scroll across it. It takes works in plain text format and converts them into the equivalent braille dots.
Obviously there's lots more details about the device to work out such as putting in controls so one can move forward or backward in the text, adjusting speed and so on.

The idea is basically outlined. Now tell me a book publisher willing to make things more readily available to the visually impaired couldn't afford to produce the device and sell it at a profit. Tell me the device wouldn't be as good as braille paper in helping the visually impaired understand the text in front of them.

In short: tell me that my original point was wrong. My point being:

    The book publishers could have avoided a Law designed to allow third-parties from converting their works into formats that the visually impaired could use. All they had to do was consider serving the visually impaired market better.
Tell me I'm wrong on that. Tell me that the third-parties picking up that torch will fail because what they're trying to do is impossible.

RAS

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