odt2braille brings Braille to OpenOffice.org
The release of odt2braille by the Belgian university Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, has brought the ability to work with Braille to OpenOffice.org. The extension adds a "Braille" menu to OpenOffice.org's Writer which allows users to translate documents into Braille formats such as .brf or .pef or send the content to Braille printers for embossing. The development was supported by the EU funded AEGIS project. Previously AEGIS helped deliver odt2daisy which allows for the creation of DAISY3 format digital audiobooks from OpenOffice.
odt2braille supports contracted or uncontracted Braille, supports the layout of most common document units (paragraphs, headings, lists) and can translate formulas into Braille math. The extension also supports the direct entry of Braille, using six keys (S, D, F, J, K and L) which will appear in text or Braille documents as Braille. The developers say the output of odt2braille is well formatted, offers warnings when artefacts of the translation may cause problems, is highly customisable and converts OpenOffice.org to a complete Braille authoring environment.
odt2braille is currently a 0.01 release and only available for OpenOffice.org on Windows. It is licensed under the LGPL3 and can be downloaded from the project's SourceForge site, where there is also documentation and other resources.