Beginner or Expert, v11 has Braille improvements for you

13th May, 2009

To coincide with the bicentenary of the birth of Louis Braille, Dolphin have included a plethora of new Braille features and improvements for both Hal and SuperNova users.
Why not download a free version 11 trial and experience them for yourself?

Four New Braille Verbosity Schemes

Version 11 now includes four brand new Braille verbosity schemes that are designed to address the needs of specific groups of Braille readers:

A screenshot of the new Braille verbosity button and pull down that lists the new minimum, low, medium, high and old v10 verbosity schemesMinimum: Provides supplementary Braille output for someone primarily using another access method. Minimum shows only the text on the screen, which is useful for checking spelling, punctuation, grammar or for proofing. Minimum is not intended for complete functional use of the application with Braille alone as it does not show the state or types of Windows controls. Minimum Braille verbosity is useful for new Braille readers to use in conjunction with other access methods as there will be less clutter shown on the Braille display.

Low: Displays text and also the common states of Windows controls, such as the checked state of checkboxes and radio buttons, the positions of track bars and progress bars and whether controls are disabled. This scheme is intended for confident, experienced Braille users, or users who are making some use of another access method.

Medium: Provides good general access in Braille. It includes the text and state information shown by the Low verbosity scheme, plus the type of the control, such as buttons or list boxes. Medium verbosity will also indicate the cell position in tables and whether cells in Microsoft Excel have comments, errors or formula text.

High: Expands on the Medium scheme by including the number of items in a menu or list, the size of tables, the text of comments, errors and formulae of cells in Excel, whether links have previously been visited and shortcut keys to activate controls in dialogs and menus. Suitable for users with larger Braille displays.

TIP: To cycle Braille verbosity use the hotkey LEFT SHIFT + CAPSLOCK + EQUALS.

For users relying on the legacy v10 Braille verbosity schemes, these are included with version 11.

TIP: To choose a legacy scheme visit the Verbosity tab under Braille>Advanced Options.

More Efficient Braille Descriptions for Windows Controls

Version 11 includes new Braille descriptions for the various Windows controls. These new descriptions have been designed to make more efficient use of limited numbers of Braille cells particularly for readers of uncontracted Braille. For example:

Item (bulleted) = blt
Link = lnk
Link (visited) = v lnk
List box = lbx
List view = lv
The complete list of Braille descriptions can be found in the "Control Names" topic in the product manual.

TIP: To create your own control descriptions, from the Control Panel go to Braille>Advanced Options>Verbosity. From the list choose the Control you wish to change, move the radio button from "Default description" to "Specify" and type the description in the edit area.

Braille Setting to Only Display Complete Words

This feature eliminates split words at the end of the Braille line increasing readability and removing ambiguity for readers of contracted Braille codes such as UK Grade II.

TIP: The Word Wrap option is toggled with a checkbox found in: Braille>Layout>Options. Show Complete Words Only is turned on by default.

a screenshot of the Braille input dialogue showing the routing button action options and the secondary routing button action optionsBraille Routing Buttons Perform Additional Functions

Version 11 users can click links and perform a range of other functions with the Braille display routing buttons while using the Dolphin Cursor. The primary or secondary row of routing buttons can: Left Click, Right Click, Double Click, Describe cell or Route Dolphin Cursor.

TIP: To change the function of your cursor routing buttons whilst using the Dolphin Cursor, go to Braille>Input>Dolphin Cursor Options.

Uses Simpler Default Braille Table

The version 11 default Braille table is now uncontracted literary Braille, legible to the widest possible number of Braille readers. Earlier versions previously defaulted to computer Braille.

TIP: The Braille code can be changed using the setup Wizard which runs automatically after the software is installed or launch the Wizard from the Help menu. Alternatively select your preferred Braille table from Braille>General Preferences.