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README.md

BrailleTrans for Java 1.0

December 2004. Copyright 2001, 2004 Alasdair King.

This is a free text (Unicode or ANSI) to Braille (American Braille Code) translator.

BrailleTrans comes in the form of a Java package and a set of translation files that allow applications to be built that convert text to Braille. Grade 1 and Grade 2 contractions and international character sets (Unicode) are all supported.

This folder contains all the Java source code for BrailleTrans for Java.

  • uk/ac/umist/co/brailletrans - translation library
  • uk/ac/umist/co/brailletrans/utils - create translation files
  • uk/ac/umist/co/brailletrans/tests - utilities to run translation and test

You can find translation language files in translate.zip (not in this folder).

You will need them to actually do any translation.

JavaDoc documentation:

Pre-compiled classes

Read King-TextBrailleTranslation.pdf for full information on usage.

Further reading

BrailleTrans is based on the work of Paul Blenkhorn at the University of Manchester. The following publications contain a full description of the algorithm behind BrailleTrans and the complete tables for British English to Braille and vice-versa.

Blenkhorn, Paul

  • "A System for Converting Braille into Print", IEEE Transactions on Rehabilitation Engineering, Vol 3, No 2, pp 215 - 221, June 1995.

Blenkhorn, Paul

  • "A System for Converting Print into Braille", IEEE Transactions on Rehabilitation Engineering, Vol 5, No 2, pp121 - 129, June 1997.

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