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ERIC Number: ED019809
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Aug-30
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
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AN EXPLORATORY STUDY OF THE DEVELOPMENT AND UTILIZATION OF A GRADE TWO BRAILLE TRANSLATOR FOR THE HONEYWELL 222 HIGH SPEED BRAILLE PRINTER. FINAL REPORT.
NELSON, CALVIN C.
IN ORDER TO EXPLORE THE TECHNICAL AND PRACTICAL PROBLEMS INVOLVED IN BRINGING THE HONEYWELL MODEL 222 MODIFIED BRAILLE PRINTER TO FULL UTILIZATION, THREE OBJECTIVES WERE DEVELOPED--(1) EXPLORATION OF THE PROBLEMS RELATED TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF A TRANSLATOR SYSTEM, (2) EXPLORATION OF A SYSTEM FOR DIRECT INPUT OF GRADE TWO BRAILLE SO THAT THE ADVANTAGES OF AUTOMATION COULD BE PARTIALLY REALIZED, AND (3) EXPLORATION OF THE NEEDS OF TEACHERS OF THE VISUALLY HANDICAPPED FOR BRAILLED MATERIALS. A TRANSLATOR SYSTEM WAS DEVELOPED FOR THE HONEYWELL PRINTER WHICH CONSIDERED BOTH ITS SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE COMPONENTS THAT COULD BE MADE OPERATIONAL IN 1 1/2 YEARS. COST ESTIMATES FOR A FULL SCALE TRANSLATOR WERE ALSO OBTAINED. A PROGRAM OF DIRECT INPUT OF GRADE TWO BRAILLE WAS COMPLETED, AND THE POSSIBILITY OF USING REMOTE EQUIPMENT WAS EXPLORED. HOWEVER, IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO TEST THE PROGRAM. A SURVEY OF THE NEEDS OF TEACHERS OF THE BLIND IN CALIFORNIA REVEALED THAT THE DEMAND FOR GENERALLY AVAILABLE TEXTS IS LESS THAN FOR MATERIALS THAT ARE NOT IN SUFFICIENT DEMAND TO JUSTIFY MASS PRODUCTION (SUPPLEMENTARY TEXTS, SPECIAL INFORMATION PAMPHLETS, RECREATIONAL READING MATERIALS, ETC.). SUCH MATERIALS ARE APPROPRIATE FOR USE WITH THE HONEYWELL PRINTER. SUGGESTIONS ARE MADE FOR THE FUTURE DEVELOPMENT OF THE TRANSLATOR. TRANSPARENCIES FOR USE WITH DIRECT INPUT GRADE TWO BRAILLE ARE INCLUDED. A BIBLIOGRAPHY CONTAINS SEVEN ITEMS. (RS)
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Authoring Institution: University of Southern California, Los Angeles.
Identifiers: Honeywell Computers