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

Assignment 4: Alphabetic Wordsigns Contractions for and for of the with

Welcome to the beginning of contractions. First of all, when reading the assignment it should be worded as: Alphabetic Wordsigns, Contractions for and, for, of, the and with not Alphabetic Wordsigns Contractions for and for of the with. This is a real turnoff, and even some of the sentences presented through the course from this point forward, if not talked about earlier, may be written this way. Oh yes, what is an alphabet wordsign anyway? All EBAE was contractions, none of this wordsign, groupsign, and other terminology that braille readers have no idea what you're even talking about.

I passed this assignment with only one error. I don't know how I did it, but I'm proud of that. I passed on November 13, 2018. The only blemish was using a contraction that wasn't yet introduced in the course. As I look back, I'm unclear what that contraction might be. The sentence is:

We fill every vacancy as soon as we can.
I do not remember using anything out of the ordinary.

Braille2000 will read everything except contractions. It'll read the letters for the alphabet contractions, and may read punctuation for the words and, for, of, the, and with. In the demo accompanying this assignment, we demo this behavior to show you the difference between what we have now, and what it was for me without it. Since the talking edition was not thought of as of yet, character by character or a brailleout of the assignment is needed.

Even with a character by character look as I had done, it could still lead to mistakes if you do not know the ascii code for the contractions. I'm not saying that it is easy, I'm saying it is easy with the right tools.

This is when I started to get brailleouts. With the numerous mistakes that I've done with the first two official lessons, I've had enough. I'd really like to thank Braille Institute for the assistance they've provided me with brailling what I've needed throughout the course. Your hard work and dedication is appreciated!

The talking edition will read all contractions if you use this program for your course. In the following demo, you'll hear from the assignment itself on how teteous this was with Jaws, and how reading one sentence with full passage caps could help you proof it much easier as one item had a passage caps.

When listening to the demo, don't concentrate on the fact that from this point forward, the sentences may not make sense. Do concentrate on how Jaws read it even as I used it with the brailleout of the assignment. Listen to how difficult it was, especially if you're sighted coming to this site to learn about the talking edition. You can hear the difference a transcriber may have using something like Jaws with this, VS something that speaks out the contractions and you know exactly what you've got on your sheet of paper.

Remember, Braille2000 will show you your entire page of paper by default, so what it shows you is exactly what is on the piece of paper you're checking out in braille hardcopy. Remember too, that I did get BRF copies on my note taker that B2K produced and I had read it there too. On an 18-cell display, it sure tripped me up with assignments, as I was unclear if there was a space, or whether I needed one. I bring it up now as we start getting more difficult things to read, and the attached file will show you this in practice.



This assignment will include a document dealing with the ascii braille code and the various contractions. I'm putting it here even though this assignment covers a few of them so that you can compare what is taught here, to what is taught later in the lessons. If you happen to miss it here, I'll provide it in two more places, but after that, you'll need to get it in the documents repository.

This completes the write up for Braille2000 and assignment 4.