The General tab of a Braille table
The General tab contains fields for changing the table name, changing the hyphenation language, and adding or changing prefixes and braille suffixes.
The table name is a freely editable field. Any name can be used for a braille table. Before the actual assignment, the name will be automatically checked to avoid double names.
The hyphenation field contains groups of syllables that the Braille preparation process will use to hyphenation the words in the text. If there are no useful hyphenation groups to attribute to the table, it is correct not to attribute any. Since no hyphenation groups are assigned to the table, Braille preparation will not hyphesize the words. If no hyphenation group is attributed, hyphenation instructions attributable to Braille codes will be ignored. You can use the option in the Braille Settings to disable hyphenation of words.
Hyphenation groups can be added and managed from the Tools/Syllables menu.
The list of prefixes and suffixes contains special codes that are used during braille preparation. The prefixes can be changed by double-clicking or pressing Enter on the prefix to be changed.
Each special prefix can only contain numerical values from 0 to 8. It can house one or more numerical sequences that describe the points of the cells that compose it. For example, the prefix for numbers is usually "3456", which indicates the relative braille dots that will be printed. The prefix may also contain a double, triple, etc. code such as "25 3456". Separating numeric sequences with a space means creating a prefix or suffix with multiple braille cells.
A prefix or braille suffix can also be cancelled, deleting each value entirely. For example, if you clear the numerical prefix value, no prefix is used for braille numbers.
If you want to obtain an empty braille cell, i.e. without any braille dots, just write the value "0".
If Steps 7 and 8 are also used for a Braille Code, the Braille Printer used must be media and configured to print at 8 points.
The special prefixes are as follows:
- Braille context start and end: these are two prefixes used by the Braille context elements. If valorized, they allow a prefix and a suffix to be added when entering or exiting a Braille context that uses the table;
- Prefix capital letter: this is the value of the braille code used as a small marker for the individual characters;
- Prefix capitalized word: In the presence of words written entirely in capital letters, at the beginning of the words, this prefix is used. You can configure how to handle uppercase words in Braille settings;
- Suffix uppercase word: If there are words entirely in uppercase, this suffix is added at the end of the words;
- Prefix capitalized sentence: in the presence of paragraphs written entirely in capital letters, at the beginning of paragraphs, this prefix is used. There are three treatment modes, which can be configured by the Braille settings;
- Capital sentence suffix: If there are paragraphs entirely in capital letters, this suffix is added at the end of the paragraphs;
- Text hyphen: is the value of the braille suffix used for hyphenation of the words at the end of a line. If this value is omitted, the words are spelled out without using a hyphen;
- Prefix numbers: is the value of the braille code used as number markers;
- NUMBER TRACT: As with letters, you have the option of hyphenation of numbers that do not enter at the end of the line. The criterion of numerical hyphenation considers numbers equal to or greater than one thousand, using as the unit of hyphenation the thousands of a number. For example, the number "12345" is hyphesized to "12-345". Hyphenation of numbers can be deactivated by Braille settings;
- Thousands separator: is the value of the braille code of the thousands separator used in the numbers. The thousands separator symbol can be set using the Advanced tab, otherwise the one configured in the operating system is used;
- Decimal separator: is the value of the Braille code of the decimal separator used in floating-point numbers. The decimal separator symbol can be set using the Advanced tab, otherwise the one configured in the operating system is used;
- Date separator: is the special code used to separate the elements of a date. The date separator symbol can be set using the Advanced tab, otherwise the one configured in the operating system is used;
- Time separator: this is the special code for separating time items. The time separation symbol can be set using the Advanced tab, otherwise the one configured in the operating system is used;
- Numeric switch: it is the braille code that signals the interruption of a sequence of numbers, if they are followed by a letter of the alphabet. For example, in the text "123a" the number "3" is followed by this code and immediately afterwards the letter "a" is placed;
- Beginning and end towards: these are the special codes for marking the beginning and end of verses in poems;
- Beginning and end of the verse: these are the special codes for marking the beginning and end of the verses in the poems;
- Start and end of column: these are the codes that mark the start and end of the column in the preparation of the tables;
- Start and end of line: these are the codes that mark the start and end of the line in the preparation of the tables;
- Style Prefixes: these are a series of codes that are useful when preparing text styles;
- Prefix of apex: this is the code for preparing texts at the apex;
- Pedice prefix: this is the code for the preparation of texts in subscripts;
- Unknown character: is the code used when the preparation of the text encounters a character not contained in the table.