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Braille Converter Eases Web Use RRS feed

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  • A European consortium has developed a service that automatically converts documents into Braille. Still in the testing phase, RoboBraille will allow users to send plain text, rich text, HTML, or Word documents by email, and a few seconds later receive the document as an MP3 audio file or as electronic Braille that can be read by a tactile display or sent to a Braille printer. "About two or three years ago we came to the conclusion that it's simply too complicated for the average user to produce Braille," according to consortium leader Lars Balieu Christensen, who also heads a Danish assistive technology company. "We wanted to set up a system that was entirely automated, where the user didn't need to know anything apart from an email address." Christensen hopes to expand the service to include PDF documents. RoboBraille will be free to individual users and nonprofit organizations when it is made fully available next year. The service currently handles about 400 requests a day, but is capable of processing about 14,000 Braille conversions a day.
    Wednesday, April 18, 2007 7:45 AM

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