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BrailleInput 2.3

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The app add support for Braille display input using the Perkins-style keyboard. This help manual contains the following sections:
  • Active Table mode
  • Custom Table Mode
  • Customizing hotkeys
  • Support for more than one custom table
  • Supported braille displays
  • Upgrading from BrailleInputFocus
  • Contracted braille (partial support)
  • If you wish you can contact me by sending an email to brailleinput@gmail.com

    There are two modes: active table and custom table.

    Active Table mode

    Active table is the default mode. In this mode if you press a dots key combination, the app uses the active translation table to convert the dot combination to Unicode text. for instance, let’s assume your active translation maps dots 12 to the character b. upon pressing dots 1 and 2 on braille keyboard, the app simulates pressing the b key b on the standard keyboard. If your translation table contain more than one Unicode mapped with dots 12, the app only uses the first one. (you can re-order your translation table file to fit your preference)

    Custom Table Mode

    You can toggle between active table mode and custom table mode by pressing dots 2,3,4,5,7 and space buttons at the same time. In custom table mode, the app uses the translation table file brailleinputcustom.bwe located on your user setting folder instead of the active table. You can edit this file to support your language and have the mapping of dots to Unicode you want. Unlike in active table mode, in this mode you may have more than one dots combination that simulate the same Unicode character. Open brailleinputcustomDefault.bwe in notepad to see an example and further explanations

    Customizing hotkeys

    You can change the default hotkeys by editing brailleinput.ini. For example, the line ToggleModeHotkey1=D2 D3 D4 D5 D7 SPACE defines the first hotkey for toggle mode. Note that you must write the key combination with uppercase letters, even if your actual key name is “d1 space”, write “D1 SPACE”. There are two hotkeys for each action. If you wish to cancel one of the hotkeys, assign its value to an impossible key combination like ToggleModeHotkey2=impossible

    Support for more than one custom table

    You can configure the app to use several custom tables. For instance, you can have one table for input of numbers, another for Russian and another one for special Unicode characters like ? (smile) ? (Euro) etc. (as long as the Unicode values are supported by VBScript ChrW) If you configure the app to have several custom tables, you can then change tables on the fly by using the toggle mode hotkey which will toggle between active table and each custom table you’ve defined. The default setting is NumberOfCustomTables=1. This setting parameter is saved in brailleinput.ini and can be changed to 2 or any higher number. If you set this number to be higher than 1, the app creates additional custom table files namely brailleinputcustom2.bwe, brailleinputcustom3.bwe and so on if they do not exists while toggling between the tables. Note that the first custom table file is simply called brailleinputcustom.bwe without the number 1 and only additional files have numbers 2, 3 etc. ..

    Supported braille displays

    The dot keys must be supported by WE and have key names like “d1”, “b1”, “D1” or “B1” (and similarly for the other 7 dots keys) This should cover most common braille displays, but I only have one display so I cannot test it myself.

    Upgrading from BrailleInputFocus

  • If you made changes to the custom table brailleinputcustom.bwe, make sure to backup this file on a location other than your setting folder.
  • Remove BrailleInputFocus app using WE control panel.
  • Install BrailleInput.
  • If you want to restore your custom table, copy the backup back to your setting folder and overwrite existing file if any.
  • BrailleInput supports automatic updates notifications. If you will update the app in the future, it will not override your custom table file (it creates such a file only if it does not exist).

    Contracted braille (partial support)

    To toggle between standard and contracted input, press space and dots 1, 4 and 7 at the same time. While in contracted input, the app still uses the translation table but overrides dots combinations which are defined as contractions rules. I only implemented contractions that:
  • Are represented by a single dots combination
  • Are not dependent on context
Below is the list of contractions implemented with the relevant dots combination. 345 ar 12346 and 16 ch 1246 ed 26 en 12456 er 123456 for 126 gh 35 in 346 ing 12356 of 1256 ou 246 ow 146 sh 34 st 1456 th 2346 the 156 wh 23456 with

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Supported Languages: English, Hebrew, Croatian, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese - Portugal, Portuguese - Brazil, Swedish, Turkish, Hungarian, Russian, Danish, Spanish, Arabic, Bulgarian, Slovak, Nepali, Japanese

Minimum Version: Window-Eyes 7.0

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