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  • Session 3: Brailling Exercise

    Session 3 Exercise

    Directions: Transcribe into braille the following sentences.

    Transcriptions are to be prepared using a brailler emulation program (Mac/PCBrailler, Duxbury, Edgar, Megadots, etc.). Files must be submitted electronically. No hardcopy braille will be accepted.

    Files done with brailler emulation programs (Mac/PCBrailler, Duxbury, Edgar, Megadots, etc.) should be emailed as text files to Feedback Form (we are no longer accepting submissions) Make sure you put your name in electronic braille as a part of the file itself. Please do not send files titled "braille" or "session3".  If you are sending your work as an email attachment, you should name your files as something unique, such as the first six (6) characters of your email address, and then the characters "S3", followed by the three letter code (.dxb, .acn, etc.) that your braille software produces. For example, Duxbury files sent by would be titled "broadnaxS3.dxb", where ".dxb" is the three letter code Duxbury uses for its files. The limit on the part of the file before the dot is eight (8).


    The exercises are designed for a 40-cell braille line with 25 lines per page. If you must work with something other than a 40-cell braille line, a note should be included as part of your file telling the instructor the number of cells across you are using.

    The first line of the first page should carry a centered heading, such as Session 3, Session 4, and so on. The heading should be followed by a blank line. Consecutive page numbers should be shown at the right margin on the first line of each page.

    Each sentence, that is, each sentence number, should begin in cell 3 with sentence runovers in cell 1. No blank lines should be left between sentences.

    The maximum number of spaces on a braille line should be utilized. Therefore, wherever there is room on a line for one or more syllables and a hyphen, even on the last line of a braille page, as many syllables should be written on that line as space will permit.

    At the end of the exercise leave one blank line and braille your full name.

    1. Frank, a husky man, takes a horseback ride once or twice a week.
    2. If all goes well, let's take an Atlantic cruise soon.
    3. John asks: "Did I make Mom mad at me, Dad? I didn't want to."
    4. Gayle groans: "Oh, Aunt Betty, I hate Diana! Diana is a slim, pretty girl; I'm too fat."
    5. Cuba [see map on page 153] has a sunny climate.
    6. Let's take a swim at--- Oh, no, I left my trunks at home.
    7. Cora writes: 2590, 2,364,000, 86,452; (cogitates, goes on) 3907, 1961, 1813 (hesitates, totals figures up).
    8. "Practice Poe's poem 'Annabel Lee,'" Dr. Johnson told Tom's dramatics class.
    9. Add prefixes: ---duce; ---rect; ---port.
    10. A GLOBE-DEMOCRAT full-page ad describes a model home on Sunset Drive.
    11. Reluctantly, Franz wrote Heidi a note, "Sehr geehrtes Fraulein Schultz: . . ."
    12. John Black is a brilliant man; Tom B----- is a d--n idiot.
    13. Fritz is a born musician---plays well on a piano, an electric organ (pipe organ, too), a cello, a trumpet, a flute, cymbals or drums.
    14. I want 500 items: 100 dolls, 25 kites, 52 baby bottles, 23 toy monkeys, 36 spoons, 4 knives, 22 cake pans, 38 pie pans, 15 jewelry boxes, 85 suitcases, 35 baby books, 15 fairy books, 20 Japanese kimonos, 30 radios.
    15. Copy all dates on a new page: 1560-65, 1875-81, 1878-1904, 987-1022.
    16. He cites textbook code 9(2).
    17. Did he get on a No. 40 or a No. 42 bus?
    18. Locate catalog #58-9403.
    19. A Mr. --- possesses secret files on Russian plans.
    20. Only a few select books get critical approval. [See book reviews, Feb. 15 issue, "Detroit Daily News."]

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