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How to create BRF files with Biblos

Published the 01/01/0001 00:00 

One feature of Biblos is to create BRF files. BRF files contain simple ASCII text representing the final Braille text, already formatted, to be read or printed. In the past Biblos has allowed you to create BRF files through the Braille preview. Since version 5.34 Biblos has a more direct and easier way to create BRF files.

Today BRF files are used with some Portable Braille displays. Therefore it is useful to know how to create BRF files using Biblos.

To create BRF files with Biblos you do the following:

  1. Open in Biblos the document you want to transform into BRF
  2. Use the command from menu File/Export as BRF...
  3. If necessary change the parameters for conversion to BRF, such as the destination file name, the Braille table to use for transcription, characters per line and lines per page, Braille encoding (for a BRF file should always be Generic American)
  4. Click the Export button. In a few moments the BRF file will be created

The export as BRF in any case is a Braille transcription, similar to that of the emboss. The options used are those useful for embossing in Braille, which influence the conversion to BRF.

For example, if you want to add or change the Braille page numbering, you can use them:

  1. Menu Tools/Braille/Wizard Braille settings...
  2. Go to the "Page numbers" field now. Choose the position you prefer
  3. Go to Ok to confirm

For all the other Braille settings you can use the Settings... button inside the export window as BRF, or the command that opens the same window from the menu Tools/Braille/Settings...

In the export window the difference between Default Table and Braille Encoding may create some doubt. Braille character encoding is something deeper than the default Braille Table that you use for transcription. Generally, what you need to choose when transcribing a Braille document is the Default Table, the one you use to choose the table for the Braille language you want to transcribe the document with. Braille encoding for BRF files should always be maintained on Generic American, which is the Ascii encoding of North American Braille. Braille encoding is the way various Braille readers interpret the characters contained within the BRF file, and generally this is of little or no interest to the user.

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