odt2braille:
Generating Braille from
OpenOffice.org

           Christophe Strobbe
           K.U.Leuven, Belgium
        ...
Overview
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    odt2daisy
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    odt2braille
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        Motivation & Problem Area
    ●
        Objectives
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        ...
odt2daisy

Produce DAISY from OpenOffice.org
 Writer
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      In most European languages
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      In a free and open-sou...
odt2daisy Components
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    odt2daisy extension, which uses
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        OpenOffice.org UNO API
    ●
        Java, XSLT &...
How to Get odt2daisy
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    Version 2.1 released April 2010
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        http://odt2daisy.sf.net/
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        Available ...
Support for ODT Features
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    Heading, List, Table, Images, Captions,
    Notes, Foot/Rear notes, Math, TOC,
    Section,...
odt2braille:
Generating Braille from
OpenOffice.org


           Christophe Strobbe

 AEGIS 1st Conference, Sevilla, Spain...
Motivation & Problem Area (1)
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    Braille
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        faces competition from TTS and digital
        talking books
   ...
Motivation & Problem Area (2)
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    Braille production: current methods:
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        RoboBraille: e-mail based Braille t...
odt2braille Objectives

Enable end-users to produce Braille
●
    In a free, open-source and cross-
    platform office su...
Methodology
●
    Build OpenOffice.org extension
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    Reuse existing tools:
    ●
        liblouisxml: open-source librar...
odt2braille Components




    AEGIS 1st Conference, Sevilla, Spain, 7-8 October 2010
Results

Alpha 0.02 released 30 August 2010:
  ●
      OpenDocument Text (ODT) can be embossed
      on small list of embo...
Screenshot: Settings - General




     AEGIS 1st Conference, Sevilla, Spain, 7-8 October 2010
Screenshot: Emboss




    AEGIS 1st Conference, Sevilla, Spain, 7-8 October 2010
Conclusion and Outlook
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    Ideally not just Writer but also Calc
    (spreadsheets) and Impress
    (presentations)
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  ...
Contact Information
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    odt2daisy (LGPL 3 or later):
    http://odt2daisy.sf.net/
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    odt2braille (LGPL 3 or later):
 ...
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Odt2Braille: Generating Braille from OpenOffice.org

  1. 1. odt2braille: Generating Braille from OpenOffice.org Christophe Strobbe K.U.Leuven, Belgium christophe.strobbe@esat.kuleuven.be AEGIS 1st Conference, Sevilla, Spain, 7-8 October 2010
  2. 2. Overview ● odt2daisy ● odt2braille ● Motivation & Problem Area ● Objectives ● Methodology ● Results ● Conclusion & Outlook ● Demonstration AEGIS 1st Conference, Sevilla, Spain, 7-8 October 2010
  3. 3. odt2daisy Produce DAISY from OpenOffice.org Writer ● In most European languages ● In a free and open-source office suite ● Support: – DAISY 3 (with or without audio) – DAISY 2.02 (for older players) – Multilingual content – Mathematical Markup Language AEGIS 1st Conference, Sevilla, Spain, 7-8 October 2010
  4. 4. odt2daisy Components ● odt2daisy extension, which uses ● OpenOffice.org UNO API ● Java, XSLT & XPath ● DAISY Pipeline Lite (speech synthesis) ● Operating system’s text-to-speech ● Includes templates ● Templates with custom styles for DAISY production AEGIS 1st Conference, Sevilla, Spain, 7-8 October 2010
  5. 5. How to Get odt2daisy ● Version 2.1 released April 2010 ● http://odt2daisy.sf.net/ ● Available for Windows, Mac, Linux (no 64-bit operating systems) ● Localised in English, French, Dutch, Spanish and Hungarian ● LGPL 3 or later ● Being used in DAISY Pipeline and Dedicon’s altText conversion portal AEGIS 1st Conference, Sevilla, Spain, 7-8 October 2010
  6. 6. Support for ODT Features ● Heading, List, Table, Images, Captions, Notes, Foot/Rear notes, Math, TOC, Section, Frame, Bookmark, Metadata, ... ● Page numbering (1,i,I,a,A; advanced) ● Front / body / rear matter ● “Complex text layout” and East-Asian languages not supported AEGIS 1st Conference, Sevilla, Spain, 7-8 October 2010
  7. 7. odt2braille: Generating Braille from OpenOffice.org Christophe Strobbe AEGIS 1st Conference, Sevilla, Spain, 7-8 October 2010
  8. 8. Motivation & Problem Area (1) ● Braille ● faces competition from TTS and digital talking books ● important for functional literacy ● only reading method for deafblind persons AEGIS 1st Conference, Sevilla, Spain, 7-8 October 2010
  9. 9. Motivation & Problem Area (2) ● Braille production: current methods: ● RoboBraille: e-mail based Braille translation agent ● AutoBraille & NorBraille: multi-volume Braille books based on DAISY ● Dots: open-source Braille transcriber for GNOME (relies on liblouisxml) ● Tiger Software Suite (TSS), Braille Maker, WinBraille: embossing from MS Word and other Microsoft applications AEGIS 1st Conference, Sevilla, Spain, 7-8 October 2010
  10. 10. odt2braille Objectives Enable end-users to produce Braille ● In a free, open-source and cross- platform office suite => OpenOffice.org as Braille authoring environment ● Reduce or eliminate the need for editing Braille codes after export ● Emboss directly or just export AEGIS 1st Conference, Sevilla, Spain, 7-8 October 2010
  11. 11. Methodology ● Build OpenOffice.org extension ● Reuse existing tools: ● liblouisxml: open-source library for Braille transcription of XML docs ● liblouis: Braille translation engine ● pef2text (DAISY Pipeline): converts Portable Embosser Format to generic or embosser-specific format ● library from odt2daisy AEGIS 1st Conference, Sevilla, Spain, 7-8 October 2010
  12. 12. odt2braille Components AEGIS 1st Conference, Sevilla, Spain, 7-8 October 2010
  13. 13. Results Alpha 0.02 released 30 August 2010: ● OpenDocument Text (ODT) can be embossed on small list of embossers (Interpoint, Index, Braillo) ● Export to “Braille Formatted files” (.brf; .bra) ● Export to Portable Embosser Format (PEF): embosser-independent; uses XML and Unicode ● User preferences stored as metadata Next release(s): ● Bug fixes, localisation, Mac OS & Linux, ... AEGIS 1st Conference, Sevilla, Spain, 7-8 October 2010
  14. 14. Screenshot: Settings - General AEGIS 1st Conference, Sevilla, Spain, 7-8 October 2010
  15. 15. Screenshot: Emboss AEGIS 1st Conference, Sevilla, Spain, 7-8 October 2010
  16. 16. Conclusion and Outlook ● Ideally not just Writer but also Calc (spreadsheets) and Impress (presentations) ● Support for larger set of embossers ● Availability on non-Windows platforms ● Possibly support for other formats such as Universal Tactile Document (UTD) ● Accessibility check to be run before (Braille/DAISY/PDF) export AEGIS 1st Conference, Sevilla, Spain, 7-8 October 2010
  17. 17. Contact Information ● odt2daisy (LGPL 3 or later): http://odt2daisy.sf.net/ ● odt2braille (LGPL 3 or later): http://odt2braille.sf.net/ ● Use the software, submit bugs, contribute to localisation, ... ● Christophe Strobbe: christophe.strobbe@esat.kuleuven.be AEGIS 1st Conference, Sevilla, Spain, 7-8 October 2010

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