Free braille translation service and software.Two resources on the Internet are designed to provide, free of charge to noncommercial users, braille embosser-ready documents translated into literary braille. RoboBraille, which is available to residents of the European Union European Union (EU), name given since the ratification (Nov., 1993) of the Treaty of European Union, or Maastricht Treaty, to the
European Community , was funded by the eTEN European Community European Community: see European Union.
European Community (EC)
Organization formed in 1967 with the merger of the European Economic Community, European Coal and Steel Community, and European Atomic Energy Community. program, which was created to support the deployment of trans-European e-services in the public interest. RoboBraille is designed to convert HTML HTML
in full HyperText Markup Language
Markup language derived from SGML that is used to prepare hypertext documents. Relatively easy for nonprogrammers to master, HTML is the language used for documents on the World Wide Web. , Microsoft Word, and Rich Text Format Rich Text Format - (RTF) An interchange format from Microsoft for exchange of documents between Word and other document preparation systems. files into plain text, translate them into braille, and return braille files to the requester by e-mail within two to three minutes. The files are returned in OctoBraille 1252 format, a braille adaptation of the standard Windows character set used in Western Europe that was developed by Synscenter Refsnaes. Individuals who are interested in using RoboBraille, which is currently in a pilot testing phase, may send their contact information by e-mail to <pilottest@robobraille. org>. For more infomation, contact: RoboBraille Consortium, Synscenter Refsnaes, Kystvejen 112, DK-4400, Kalundborg, Denmark; e-mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org>; web site: <www.sensus.dk>.
Individuals in North America and the rest of the world may download WinTrans free for personal use. It is a Microsoft Windows interface created to allow indivduals to use the NFBTrans braille transcription program in a Windows rather than a DOS environment. The original NFBTrans program--which operates in DOS and was established as part of the National Information Access Center of the National Federation of the Blind The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) is an organization of blind people in the United States. It is the oldest and most likely largest national organization to be led by blind people. Its national headquarters are in Baltimore, Maryland. to assist individuals in meeting the Americans with Disabilities Act Americans with Disabilities Act, U.S. civil-rights law, enacted 1990, that forbids discrimination of various sorts against persons with physical or mental handicaps. information-access requirements--is designed to translate text files to contracted braille and to translate contracted braille files to text. WinTrans can be downloaded free from <www.wintransbt.org>. For more information, contact: WinTrans; web site: <www.wintrans-bt.org>.