Dotify 2.3 is now available for download. Many bugs have been fixed (for a complete list, see the wiki page). The most exiting new feature is support for footnotes and endnotes. This makes it possible to have footnotes at the end of braille pages as well as at the end of volumes.
For maintainance reasons the minimum Java version is now 1.6.
Dotify 2.0 is now available for download and promises a huge improvement when it comes to enabling collaborative efforts. Its usefulness as a standalone application has also been improved. Out of the box, only Swedish braille is supported. However, it may be quite simple to add support for another locale (if you’re a developer, that is). In addition, XML-documents can be formatted as text with hyphenation support for over 50 languages.
About a week ago, the 1.0 version of the Braille production modules for the DAISY Pipeline 2 was made available for download at: https://code.google.com/p/daisy-pipeline/downloads/list?q=Dist%3DBraille
The DAISY Pipeline 2 is an ongoing project to develop a framework for automated production of accessible materials for people with print disabilities. The braille modules were developed by Bert Frees at SBS (Swiss Library for the Blind and Visually Impaired).
Here at pef-format.org, we are specifically happy that the Braille modules provide support for the production of PEF from DAISY AI (NISO Z39.98-2012 – Authoring and Interchange Framework for Adaptive XML Publishing) documents.
So far the Braille21 conference has truely been a blast, but nothing can top this morning’s event, I am sure. This morning, the winner of the Braille21 Award was presented and I am proud to announce that the PEF format was the winner of the Braille21 Award! This will have a huge impact on the adoption of PEF in everyday braille products and, ultimately, the amount of braille available to braille users everywhere.