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Re: [Accessibility] Announcing BrailleBlaster

From: leena chourey
Subject: Re: [Accessibility] Announcing BrailleBlaster
Date: Thu, 8 Jul 2010 11:09:23 +0530

Hello John,
It is good to have such announcements. We are also working on screen reader based Desktop using Orca. As Orca also provides Braille facility, we may interested to be a part of this project and can spend time too. Tell us provide more details about the project and the level of help needed.

with regards
Leena C
For Accessibility Team
CDAC Mumbai

On Thu, Jul 8, 2010 at 10:57 AM, John J. Boyer <address@hidden> wrote:
This is an announcement of an exciting new software development project
that will greatly increase the availability and usability of Braille.
Since this is an open source project, you are invited to participate. We
need transcribers and technical writers as well as programmers.

BrailleBlaster will be excellent for translating and formatting braille
and inserting tactile graphics and hence release a blast of braille.

It will be very user-friendly for non-technical users but also powerful
enough for experts.

Naive users will be able easily to compose simple documents and then
translate and emboss them in braille or read them on a braille display.

Advanced users will be able to divide books into multiple braille
volumes, with title pages, tables of contents, and end-notes for each

The BrailleBlaster project should be completed within less than two

BrailleBlaster will be fully usable in speech or braille by people who
are blind.

It will be designed for Windows, MacIntosh, and Linux operating systems
and common screenreaders

It will have visual display controls that make it maximally accessible
for users with low vision and other visual disabilities.

It will be localized into most major languages.

BrailleBlaster will be developed under the Apache 2.0 license, which
permits broad use, including use in commercial software.

BrailleBlaster's sponsors are ViewPlus Technologies, Inc. and
Abilitiessoft, Inc. They will hold the license copyright.

John J. Boyer; President, Chief Software Developer
Abilitiessoft, Inc.
Madison, Wisconsin USA
Developing software for people with disabilities

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