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How to print a Greek character in tactile graphics

Published the 11/02/2013 00:00 

Thanks to the tactile graphics environment, Biblos also allows you to print Greek characters in tactile. Printing in tactile, using a Braille printer, helps blind people to discover the real shapes of the printed characters.

The prerequisite for starting a tactile print is to have configured the graphic environment in Biblos. This operation is done from the General tab in the Tools/Braille/Settings menu. It would also be advisable to have a Braille printer with a graphic resolution. In general Index Braille printers are the best, also for this purpose.

To print an embossed letter you do it as follows:

  1. The tactile graphics environment opens from the menu Tools/Braille/Tactile Graphics
  2. You use menu Insert/text and Braille/character type;
  3. In the font type window you choose: as "Palatine Linotype" font; as "Normal" style; as points "20". After confirming, the following instruction is present in the tactile graphics sheet: Font("Palatino Linotype",20,fsNormal)
  4. You use menu Insert/Text and Braille/Text
  5. In the text input window you use: as text "^945"; as coordinate x "10"; as coordinate y "20"; as origin point "Top left". In the tactile graphics sheet you have the following instruction: Text("^945",10,20,hsTopLeft)
  6. To check the result, you can render it by clicking the Render button or the Tools/Render menu. The result can be seen in the left pane
  7. Print using the File/Emboss tactile... menu

In the tactile graphics sheet the two instructions we used look like this:
Font("Palatino Linotype",20,fsNormal)

We drew the Unicode 945 character, using the special "^" marker. In the text field you can copy and paste any Greek character, or sequence of characters. If the Ancient Greek keyboard map is activated, the Greek characters to be printed can be typed directly.

After clicking the Emboss button, the final result will be the Greek letter Alpha printed in tactile. Following this simple example you can print all other Greek characters, or whole words in Ancient Greek.

In the archive of tactile graphs there are a series of ready-made graphs that reproduce the letters of Ancient Greek. Simply open them and print them out.

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