liblouis braille translator and back-translator now available

John J. Boyer director at
Thu Sep 15 06:26:22 UTC 2005


please look at the documentation that is part of the liblouis tarball. 
It is called liblouis-guide.html and works nicely with lynx. There is a 
table of contents that links to the various parts. 

the translate program is a filter. It takes input from the standard 
input unit and delivers output to the standerd output. The options -f 
and -b signify forward and backward translation. Table is the name of 
the translation table. For example, you might write:

<textfile ./translate -f en-us-g2.ctb >brlfile

Hope this helps,

On Wed, Sep 14, 2005 at 02:28:36PM -0400, Lee Maschmeyer wrote:
> Hi John,
> The usage message for the `translate' program is (from what I remember):
> translate -f|-b table
> It says nothing about the file to translate. Do I assume it is in the 
> standard input, or is "table" the file to translate?
> BTW, looking up the documentation for the translate program in that 
> internals-oriented documentation is like looking for a needle in a 
> haystack, especially since it doesn't come at the beginning. Maybe the html 
> would have been better. Still, the name liblouis suggests this is very much 
> programmer-oriented. I'd hate to see my grandmother trying to plough 
> through all that stuff about headers and routines and whatnot.
> This is with liblouis-0.6.
> -- 
> Lee Maschmeyer
> <lee_maschmeyer at>
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