This is an image of the braille alphabet in simulated braille as written in grade 2

Assignment 10: Final Letter Contractions, More Shortforms

OK, I'm really trying to describe this course in a logical manner, to which the applicant can find some meaning, especially if they're blind and come from a background called EBAE. I think I've been pretty good in terminology keeping, even though I've despised it. In this lesson, we learn every single dot 5, dots 45, and dots 456 contraction which pretty much keeps EBAE in tact as far as I'm concerned. The next three lessons are going to be quite interesting for certain, because not only do we learn all of these contractions and shortforms, but on th next assignment, you're going to have a big surprise await you. I was perusing the assignments to prepare how I'd cover it, and I've got no words to describe what I'm about to get you all in to.

The short formed words we are going to learn are: across, almost, also, immediate, must, and necessary. Don't even mention that there are words within 11 that have not even been covered including base words like after, again, before, behind, beneath, blind, first, friend, and many many more. All of these will be covered in more detail in the next assignment, and some of these words I mentioned here that have not been covered until next assignment have special cases in UEB. While I'm not going to cover anything more about some of these, I'll say that I don't think this was clearly thought out. Some of these words like after can be taught early, while afterword may be held off as it is a subword and not much more complicated, but could be held off just the same.

When you peruse assignment 10, you'll start with contraction preferences right off the bat. Some of the examples are common sense ones like wherever using the ever contraction not the where contraction. Dispirited using spirit not the dis contraction studied earlier. I was under the impression that we used the dis contraction for dispirited in EBAE, but I'm unclear on that as I don't believe I've seen the word much.

Final-letter contractions include letter sequences like: ance, ence, ound, ong, ful, and several more.The complete list will be given in the audio demo for this assignment. It'll be too complex to try and list each one here, but you'll see what Braille2000 without the talking edition will do with this as we must continue using 6-key entry.

As complex as 10 and 11 are, I'm surprised that I got it correct on the first try! 12 took me two tries, more on that later when we get there. On February 18th of this year, I got my report on this assignment. No blemishes on this assignment were made. I was asked to wait 12 days from this date before I was able to submit another assignment.

On the audio portion of the assignment, I'll take you through the full list of contractions to be studied, as well as some examples of how Jaws did this. Yes, I had a full braille copy which aided, Bob and I were in discussion of the talking edition but nothing as of yet. As for the assignment, it will go in to a fourth page. It will not take much of the fourth page. How much will depend on your address, but it should be on your fourth page of paper braille.

Remember! Braille2000 will display 25 lines at one time visually. If you're sighted and interested in the talking edition, the talking edition will read this with no problem and we'll show you that as part of the demo. Your cursor will be able to verify the fourth page even when there is no text because it visually fills the empty space with end of file, empty page, or the like when it is necessary to do so. I can demo this again although I may have before.

This completes the write up on assignment 10.