Curtis Chong writes:
> Secondly, the software that is used to drive the plotter should be
> able to receive as input graphic files that are created using
> traditional drawing programs. This would enable sighted people not
> conversant with braille to create pictures that can then be read by
> a blind person. It would also simplify the creation of braille
> pictures and diagrams because we would not have to develop special
> drawing software.
While this sounds good in theory and I realize that some good drawings
have been created from graphics formats designed for print, I
believe that Curtis' requirement isn't as simple as it might
seem. In particular, it is my experience that isometric (that is,
perspective) drawings don't translate into tactile images well (Pual
Gabias and I may differ here) and therefore it's problematical whether
drawings much more complicated than line drawings would come out well
when translated. Then again, may be we could design software
which would have sufficient "smarts" to translate from the sighted
environment into something we blind persons could make sense of.
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