Volume 9, Issue 3
by Sandra Adams
was ten years ago this summer that a group of visionary women, Connie
it was that Wisconsin Braille was born.
the dedication and hard work of the Board and other members, Wisconsin Braille
has made progress on the goals it set for itself. To coordinate communication among agencies
and the public regarding Braille, Wisconsin Braille maintains a web site (www.wisbrl.org.) and publishes a newsletter
three times a year. For several years
promote education and training around braille codes, members of Wisconsin
Braille have offered workshops to educators and transcribers. The latest was held in June of this
its inception, Wisconsin Braille has offered free trade books in braille to the
children of the state through the generosity of grant money. Each fall, a new selection of books is
published in the newsletter and posted on the web site; a composite list of all
the books offered can be found there as well.
The braillists in
There is much to celebrate; not the least of which is the financial support that Wisconsin Braille has received these past years. At its last meeting, the Board began generating some exciting ideas to commemorate the tenth anniversary. These will be discussed further at the next meeting in October. Be sure to look for more details in the next newsletter!
FROM THE WISBRL TREASURER:
Many of you have been wondering if your dues to WisBrl are tax deductible. The simple answer is no. However, any contributions to WisBrl above and beyond your dues are tax deductible because we are a 501c3 charitable organization. So, here is the breakdown.
· If you send a $10 regular, $30 sustaining or $200 life membership, those memberships are NOT tax deductible.
· If you send any membership amount plus something extra, the extra IS tax deductible. You MUST either write two checks or break out your membership and your donation on the memo line of your check. (Memo: $10 membership, $40 donation). Your cancelled check is your
receipt for the
Another reminder: Please remember to send your membership to the address listed at the bottom of the membership renewal page of this paper. If you send it to the P.O. Box, it may sit there for a while until I get to the post office to check. I live twenty miles from the post office and try to go weekly, but that does not always happen.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 608-455-1522 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Mr. #'s,
So much material in math books today relates to either calculators or computers. Can you go over how the calculator and computer keys are presented in braille.
Computing in the 21st Century
In the Nemeth code (Update 2007) §111d this is addressed by the use of a shape with interior modification. When a calculator key or computer key is shown in print (i.e. = or «) you will use the following steps:
Remember, if the shape of the key being shown is significant, this information is given in a transcriber's note and the method shown above is used to construct the key in braille.
What are the rules?
There are a lot of keys that can be fairly complex depending on the calculator. But the basic structure explained above remains the same. Everything in between the opening of the symbol and the closing of the symbol is transcribed according to the rules for Nemeth, to include modified expressions. For a full explanation and further examples of the computer keystroke see the BANA BRAILLE CODES UPDATE 2007 / THE NEMETH CODE FOR MATHEMATICS and SCIENCE NOTATION 1972 REVISION, 2007 Update.
P.S. There were
revisions and additions made to
formats, and Nemeth codes last year. If you do not have the BANA
code updates, they can be downloaded from:
Dear Ms. Perkins,
I see more and more references to computer web addresses and e-mail addresses in books, pamphlets, and other materials today. Can you go over the basics of how Computer addresses are used in braille?
Surfin' the Web
Dear Surfin' the Web,
I can surely delve into the Computer Braille Code (CBC) for you a little bit.
Ø File names or other computer languages found in literary texts should use the Computer Braille Code (CBC) whether these materials are embedded within the text or displayed.
Ø When using the CBC, do not use contractions. The contractions for "to," "into" or "by" should not be used before a CBC indicator.
Ø Numbers within an electronic address or file name should be brailled in the lower part of the cell, as in Nemeth, and a number indicator should not be used.
Ø Special fonts such as italics, boldface type, etc. are ignored.
When transcribing CBC some special symbols must be used. For example:
· .+ Begin Computer Braille Code
· .: End Computer Braille Code
· @ (dot 4) at sign @
· . (dots 46) dot
E-mail me at email@example.com or at firstname.lastname@example.org soon.
;,e-mail me at email@example.com_:
or at firstname.lastname@example.org_: soon4
· / Slash /
· \ Backslash \
· __ Underscore _
When capital letters are used in an electronic address or file name, there are some special symbols that must be used.
· _ Shift indicator (Dots 456, placed before a single capital letter.)
· _> Caps Lock indicator (Placed before two or more consecutive capital letters. Takes the place of a Begin CBC indicator.)
· _< Caps Release indicator
Braille an entire address or file name on one braille line, even if that means leaving a great deal of blank space on the previous line. If an address is too long for one line a continuation indicator (_&) must be used.
When an electronic address is set apart from surrounding text by blank lines, change of margin, etc. it is said to be displayed.
Ø Leave a blank line before and after displayed material.
Ø Do not use Begin and End Computer Braille Code indicators.
The rules for transcribing electronic addresses should be explained on a Transcriber's Notes page, and the symbols listed on a Special Symbols page. Complete instructions on how to braille electronic addresses can be found in English Braille American Edition, Appendix C.
Annual offering of free books from WisBrl
Once again, Wisconsin Braille, Inc. is pleased to offer a selection of braille books for your school library because of grant money awarded us. As in the past, the committee has chosen books that are not already brailled. We searched the on-line catalog in our local library, as well as other sources, to locate recognized books of excellence. The committee hopes that the selection meets your readers’ needs and welcomes your suggestions of titles not already brailled for next year’s selection.
You may continue to order early readers in either contracted or uncontracted braille. Indicate your preference on the order form. Our current selections are:
The Big, Big Wall, by Reginald Howard
Humpty Dumpty doesn’t want to have a big fall. See how his friends come to his assistance in order to help him down. Print/Braille copy available. Grades K – 2.
Bindi Babes, by Narinder Dhami
Jazz and Geena Dhillon are
three fabulous sisters with a reputation for being the coolest, best-dressed
girls at their school. But their
classmates don’t know that they work extra hard to look perfect and together to
all of their friends—while privately trying not to think about how much they
miss their mother, who died a year ago.
Find out what happens when an interfering auntie from
The Case of the Desperate Duck, by Cynthia Rylant
Mabel’s Tea Room is missing a box of fancy sugar cubes! But who would steal sugar? And why? Thank goodness the High-Rise Private Eyes, Jack Jones and Bunny Brown are on the case! Beginning Readers.
Celeste’s Harlem Renaissance, by Eleanora E. Tate
When Celeste Massey is forced to live with her actress aunt, she is not thrilled to trade her friends and surroundings for a scary big-city life. Things are not all what they seem. She must eventually face a choice between ambition and loyalty, roots and new horizons. The decision will change her forever. Grades 5-9 and up.
Finding Nemo: Just Keep Swimming, by Melissa Lagonegro
Nemo has a dream. He wants to join the school swim team. He’s worried that he will never win but learns to accept the help and advice of his friends. Print/Braille copy available. Grades K – 2.
Here’s a Little Poem, A Very First Book of Poetry, collected by Jane Yolen and Andrew Peters
This superb selection contains more than sixty poems by a wide range of talented writers from Margaret Wise Brown to Langston Hughes to Hilaire Belloc. Grade 2 and up.
Missy Violet & Me, by Barbara Hathaway
The summer that Viney is eleven puts her under the wing of Missy Violet, a well-loved midwife who teaches Viney about the business of catchin’ babies. Viney learns about roots and herbs and their medicinal purposes, and the contents of Missy Violet’s “birthin’ bag.” Scary, funny, and exhilarating, the rhythm of Viney’s life in the South quickens as she embraces her apprenticeship and finds her own special place as Missy Violet’s “best helper girl.” Grades 4–8.
Moon Runner, by Carolyn Marsden
When Mina, a self-professed “girlie-girl” and non-athlete, turns out to excel in track, her friends are as surprised as she is, especially the competitive Ruth. When Coach chooses her to run against Ruth, Mina faces an unhappy predicament. Should she hold back on purpose and let Ruth win? Or let herself soar? Grades 3-5.
One Thousand Tracings: Healing the Wounds of World War II, by Lita Judge
When Lita Judge discovered tracings of feet in her grandparents’ attic, she was intrigued. This is the story behind those tracings, the story of one American family’s triumphant effort to relieve the suffering of Europeans in the aftermath of World War II. Grades 4-8.
Rex Zero and the End of the World, by Tim Wynne-Jones
In the summer of 1962 with everyone nervous about a possible nuclear war, ten-nearly-eleven-year-old Rex, having just moved to Ottawa from Vancouver with his parents and five siblings, faces his own personal challenges as he discovers new friends and a new understanding of the world around him. Grades 7-12.
Snowed in with Grandmother Silk, by Carol Fenner
Ruddy’s grandmother isn’t much fun. During a long stay with her, a snowstorm comes howling through and they are left without light, heat, and water – and no one to talk to but each other. Partly a survival story, this is a tale of two people who think they aren’t alike at all until they look for the things they have in common. Grades 3-6.
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Sandy Adams, Alison McKee, Marilyn Harmon
Special Book Project Committee
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The purpose of Wisconsin Braille Inc. is to advance communication and coordinate the efforts of all persons concerned with the availability, quality, and distribution of brailled materials in the state of Wisconsin thereby encouraging braille literacy.
The Wisconsin Braille newsletter is published three times a year. Deadlines are: Spring/Summer – May 1, Fall – September 1, Winter – December 15
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This version of the Wisconsin Braille newsletter was prepared by the members of the OSCI Braille Program. It has not been proofread. Readers are encouraged to report noted errors to: Wisconsin Braille Newsletter, Editor, P.O. Box 45076, Madison, WI 53744-5076.