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RE: [Lynx-dev] BRF charset support

From: Lloyd Rasmussen
Subject: RE: [Lynx-dev] BRF charset support
Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2006 22:55:48 -0500

I don't know what is going on with this page, nor really what is expected.
I didn't try it with Lynx, but IE 7 displays it as 
A b c
And says that the file is 5 bytes long.

There are at least a dozen mappings of the traditional code pages that are
based on 8 bits to braille in either 6-dot or 8-dot format.  Of course, the
table I'm most familiar with is the North American table, which maps letters
of the alphabet to Braille equivalent letters, maps numbers to the first ten
letters in the lower portion of the 6-dot cell, and then represents
punctuations as best it can.

The Unicode Braille table, u2800-28FF was developed in order to get a
standardized mapping to 8-dot braille glyphs regardless of the locale.  As
far as I know, it is not being supported much by braille-related hardware,
although this is beginning to change, especially in Europe where several
different braille-to-ASCII tables exist.  A meeting will be taking place in
Sweden this week that will have some effect on the future use of the U2800

Lloyd Rasmussen, Kensington, Maryland

> -----Original Message-----
> From: address@hidden [mailto:lynx-dev-
> address@hidden On Behalf Of Henry Nelson
> Sent: Sunday, December 10, 2006 8:57 PM
> To: address@hidden
> Subject: Re: [Lynx-dev] BRF charset support
> On Sun, Dec 10, 2006 at 08:26:05PM -0500, Thomas Dickey wrote:
> > >I would expect lynx to output braille patterns when browsing it, but it
> > >doesn't recognize the BRF charset (though it is supported by my
> debian's
> > >glibc's iconv) and lynx considers the text to be latin1, hence the
> > >result is "A B C".
> >
> > Well that's two suggestions; (1) make lynx know more about iconv, and
> (2)
> > make lynx generate Braille patterns.
> FYI:
> The key word is "patterns".  (These can then be printed out on a special
> printer/machine that does embossing.  _I assume_, since I've never seen
> one; only heard about them.  I've also heard of electronic devices that
> output a line of Braille just above or below the keyboard.  That was many
> years ago, so they may be much more sophisticated these days.)
> __Henry
>   "Using Lynx is like wearing a really good pair of shades: cuts out
>    the glare and harmful UV (ultra-vanity), and you feel so-o-o COOL."
>                                          -- me, March 1999
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