some forwarded mail

From: John Miller (
Date: Tue Aug 13 1996 - 08:37:48 PDT

Some mail from David Faucheux:
>From 104356.2172@CompuServe.COM Tue Aug 13 04:12:12 1996
From: ".David F." <104356.2172@CompuServe.COM>
Hi John, remember me, in lafayette.
Would you or somebody post a question for me. I cna't seem to post.
I am interested in digital books for the blind. I mean with over 40 thousand
books coming out yearly and us getting only 5 thousand or so from NLS andRFBJ&D in cas braille and etext
we are at a disadvantage. Couled a system be worked out for a nonstandared
format of etexts for us. I am getting sabsolutely nowhere with anyone on

It is a real pain I can't just go to the bookstore and bring home
an electronic copy of the same book I see sitting on the bookshelf. At least, it would be nice to have access to the same book in a couple of days.
NFB has made numerous requests to the publishing industry for electronic
copies of texts. I asked President Maurer about the process.
As I understand it, publishers store texts on a nonstandard disk in a special format.
The hardware I believe is not cheap by any standards.
The NFB got one of these published texts nonstandard disk drives.
A braille translator could get good braille for some of a text some of the time.
But it couldn't get good braille quality for all of a text.
My understanding is that standard OCR is a lot more convenient and
does just as good a job.
This is a real problem.

I am sending you a personal note to sort out how to post
and get the Braille Monitor on-line. It's my pleasure to get you set up.

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