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Module 5: Becoming a global citizen

Becoming a global citizen... Helping to learn a new language
Broaden your horizons by learning modern languages that will not only boost your CV but will add valuable knowledge towards your travels. Select from the extensive list of available Braille codes and assign your favourite TTS (Text to speech) voice. Learn how to setup and deal with multiple languages in documents as well as using the native accents signs is all part of what of you can accomplish on the Braillenote Touch.

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1. Using language profiles
2. Creating a new language profile
3. Configuring your language profiles
4. Switching between language profiles
5. Deleting a language profile
6. Changing system language

1.Using language profiles

The Touch gives you language profiles to work with. A language profile is a collection of settings relating to speech and Braille which control the behaviour of your Touch. You can easily configure the language profiles to your desired options, and you can also switch between the profiles you have set up situations where you want to do so.

As of version 3.0 software, the Touch supports up to a total of 10 language profiles. The Touch comes with two language profiles already set up and ready to use: the primary language profile and the secondary language profile.

Note: You can set the desired speech engine and voice, as well as the Braille code and table, for each language profile. The Touch gives you a choice of 340 braille tables to choose from. You can have up to a total of 4 HumanWare Acapela TTS voices installed on the Touch at any one time. If you want to install a new HumanWare Acapela TTS voice, you must select an existing voice to replace with the new voice.

For example, a student may read both English and French Word documents. In this case, you would set up your first language profile for English Braille, with your second language profile set up for French Braille. When the student opens a French document, she can switch to the second language profile and read effectively. She can then switch back to the first language profile afterwards.

Note that the selected language profile affects the menus on the Touch, as well as documents in KeyWord and the other KeySoft applications.

2.Creating a new language profile

The Touch allows you to have up to 10 language profiles configured.

To create a new language profile, follow these steps:

Use the Braille shortcut Space with O to open the Options Menu. You will be prompted “Options menu”.

Press Space with dot 4 or Space with dot 1 until you reach the Configure Language Profiles option, and now press Enter.

You will be prompted “Select a language profile to configure, xx”, where “xx” is the name of the first language profile in the list. Press Space with dot 4 or Space with dot 1 until you reach the “Add additional language profile” option, and now press Enter.

You will be prompted “Alert profile name. Profile name, OK”. Type the desired name for your new language profile, and then press Enter.

You will then be placed in the list of settings for your new language profile. Please refer to “Configuring your language profiles” for more information on how to configure your language profile.

3.Configuring your language profiles

You can configure your language profile to your desired preferences. The language profile consists of the following settings and options:

  • Language profile name
  • Text To Speech (TTS) engine
  • Voice
  • Speech rate
  • Listen to an example
  • Speech Volume
  • Additional TTS settings – switch between the HumanWare and Google TTS engines, as well as the speech rate (speed)
  • Preferred Braille grade for entry (input / typing)
  • Preferred Braille grade for display (reading)
  • Computer Braille Table
  • Literary Braille Table

To configure an existing language profile, follow these steps:

Use the Braille shortcut Space with O to open the Options Menu. You will be prompted “Options menu”.

Press Space with dot 4 or Space with dot 1 until you reach the Configure Language Profiles option, and now press Enter.

You will be prompted “Select a language profile to configure, xx”, where “xx” is the name of the first language profile in the list.

Press Space with dot 4 or Space with dot 1 until you reach the language profile that you want to configure, and then press Enter.

You will be prompted “Configure language profile. Language profile name, xx”, where “xx” is the current name of the selected language profile.

The list of settings contains the same items for all of your language profiles.

You can navigate the language profile configuration menu using your standard KeySoft navigation commands.

Language profile name

The Language profile name setting controls the name used for the selected language profile.

Text To Speech (TTS) Engine

The Text To Speech Engine setting controls which TTS engine is used for speech output on your Touch. This applies to spoken text, as well as menus, lists and items in all applications.

There are two TTS engines to choose from – the main BrailleNote Touch Acapela engine, which comes with your installed language voice, and the Google TTS engine. Note that it is possible to download and install up to four HumanWare TTS voices, of the same language or even a different language completely.

When your Text to Speech engine is set to BrailleNote Touch Acapela, you will then have one voice to choose from for the Voice setting.

When your Text to Speech engine is set to Google Text to speech, you will then be able to choose from a variety of Google voices.

Note: If you have downloaded and installed additional third party Android TTS engines onto a Touch unit, these TTS engines will also be available in the TTS engine list for you to choose from.

Voice

The Voice setting controls which TTS voice is used for speech output on your Touch. This applies to spoken text, as well as menus, lists and items in all applications.

The Voice setting relates closely to the Text To Speech engine setting. The voices you have available to choose from depend on which Text to Speech engine you are using.

If you have selected BrailleNote Touch Acapela as your Text to Speech engine, you will have one installed voice, with the option to download and use up to three additional voices. These can be of the same language, or a different one.

If you have selected Google Text to speech as your Text to Speech engine, you will have a variety of voices to choose from.

Speech rate

The Speech rate setting controls the speed of the speech output.

The available options are as follows:

  • Very Slow
  • Slow
  • Normal
  • Fast
  • Slightly Faster
  • Much Faster
  • Very Fast
  • Extremely Fast
  • Fastest

Note that an alternative method is to adjust the speech rate using Braille shortcut commands.

To increase the speech rate, press Enter with dot 6.

To decrease the speech rate, press Enter with dot 3.

Listen to an example

This option can be used to listen to a sample of your currently selected TTS engine and voice.

Speech Volume

The Speech Volume setting controls the volume level of the speech output.

The available options are as follows:

  • Match media volume
  • 75% of media volume
  • 50% of media volume
  • 25% of media volume

Note that the speech volume level is usually set to the same level as the media playback volume (for playback of audio files, audiobooks and any other type of media file). There are Braille shortcuts available to change this setting.

When you have this setting set to “Match media volume”, the speech volume level will be set to the same as the media playback volume.

When you have this setting set to one of the percentage options, the speech volume level will be set to a level that is the set percentage of the media playback volume level.

Additional TTS settings

The Additional TTS settings option is used to access the main Android TTS settings screen. This contains settings for your preferred TTS engine, speech rate, and offers you the option to listen to an example. Note that these settings are all available in the main Language Profile configuration screen, as described above.

Preferred Braille grade for entry

The Preferred Braille grade for entry setting controls the Braille grade used for typing information using the Braille keyboard (Braille input).

The available options are as follows:

  • Literary Braille
  • Computer Braille

Literary Braille is contracted (Grade 2) or uncontracted (Grade 1) Braille. Note that when using Literary Braille for input, you have the use of 6 Braille dots.

Computer Braille is uncontracted Braille, but it differs to Grade 1 Braille in that it allows the use of the Backspace and Enter keys for 8 dot Braille input.

Note that you can set your preferred Braille table for literary Braille using the “Literary Braille Table” setting. This will apply to typing only when you have your preferred Braille entry grade set to Literary Braille.

Note that you can set your preferred Braille table for Computer Braille using the “Computer Braille Table” setting. This will apply to typing only when you have your preferred Braille entry grade set to Computer Braille.

Preferred Braille grade for display

The Preferred Braille grade for display setting controls the Braille grade used for reading information on the Braille display (Braille output).

The available options are as follows:

  • Literary Braille
  • Computer Braille

Literary Braille is contracted (Grade 2) or uncontracted (Grade 1) Braille. Note that when using Literary Braille for reading, you have the use of 6 Braille dots.

Computer Braille is uncontracted Braille, but it differs to Grade 1 Braille in that it allows the use of the Backspace and Enter keys for 8 dot Braille reading on the display.

Note that you can set your preferred Braille table for literary Braille using the “Literary Braille Table” setting. This will apply to reading only when you have your preferred Braille entry grade set to Literary Braille.

Note that you can set your preferred Braille table for Computer Braille using the “Computer Braille Table” setting. This will apply to reading only when you have your preferred Braille entry grade set to Computer Braille.

Computer Braille Table

The Computer Braille Table setting controls the Braille table / code used for Computer Braille input and output on the Touch. Note that this setting will apply only when you are using Computer Braille for reading and / or typing.

Literary Braille Table

The Literary Braille Table setting controls the Braille table / code used for Literary Braille on the Touch. Note that this setting will apply only when you are using Literary Braille for reading and / or typing.

4.Switching between language profiles

The first language profile is called the “Primary Language Profile”, and the second language profile is called the “Secondary Language Profile”.

Note: You can rename an existing language profile if desired. When you configure a brand new language profile, you are prompted to type the desired name for the profile.

You can quickly switch between your existing language profiles by using the Braille shortcut Enter with L. When you use this command, you will be placed in a list of your current profiles. Press Space with dot 4 or Space with dot 1 until you reach the desired profile to use, and then press Enter.

Alternatively, you can make use of first letter navigation to move directly to a specific profile in the list, and then press Enter to select it.

Alternatively, you can switch your language profile using the Options Menu.

Use the Braille shortcut Space with O to open the Options Menu. Then, press Space with dot 4 and you will be prompted “Select language profile”, followed by the name of your current profile. Press Enter. Then, use Space with dot 4 or Space with dot 1 until you are positioned on your desired language profile. Then, press Enter.

5.Deleting a language profile

You can delete an existing language profile. To do this, follow these steps:

Use the Braille shortcut Space with O to open the Options Menu. You will be prompted “Options menu”.

Press Space with dot 4 or Space with dot 1 until you reach the Configure Language Profiles option, and now press Enter.

You will be prompted “Select a language profile to configure, xx”, where “xx” is the name of the first language profile in the list. Press Space with dot 4 or Space with dot 1 until you reach the language profile that you want to delete, and then press Enter.

You will be prompted “Configure language profile. Language profile name, xx”, where “xx” is the current name of the selected language profile. Type a letter D. You will be prompted “Delete language profile”. Now, press Enter.

You will be prompted “Alert, are you sure you want to delete this language profile? Cancel, OK”. Type a letter O to move to the OK button, and then press Enter.

The selected language profile will now be deleted from your Touch.

6.Changing the system language

There are various settings on the Touch relating to language and input. The Touch has been localized in as many as 14 Languages. Below will take you through a step by step process on how to change the full system language on your Touch.

Opening the Android Language and Input settings

To open the Android Language and Input settings, follow these steps:

Use the Braille shortcut Space with O to open the Options Menu. You will be prompted “Options Menu”.

Type a letter A. You will be prompted “Android system settings”. Now, press Enter.

You will be prompted “Settings, wireless and networks”. Type a letter L twice.

You will be prompted “Language and input”. Press Enter.

You will be prompted “Language and input. Language, United States or United Kingdom”. You are placed in the Language and Input menu. This contains eleven items, which are split into four main sections which are as follows:

  • Language
  • Keyboard and input methods
  • Speech
  • Mouse and trackpad

The Language section contains the following items:

  • Language
  • Spell checker
  • Spell checker settings

The Keyboard and input methods section contains the following items:

  • Default
  • Google Keyboard
  • Keysoft IME
  • Google voice typing

The Speech section contains the following items:

  • Voice Search
  • Text-to-speech output

The Mouse and trackpad section contains one item: Pointer speed.

You can move through and select items from this menu using standard KeySoft navigation commands.

Language

The Language option controls the general system language used on the Touch. The default setting is “English (United States) or English (United Kingdom)”.

When you select this option, you are placed in a list of available settings, however only the following languages are fully localised:

  • French
  • Danish
  • Arabic
  • Swedish
  • Norwegian
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Hebrew
  • Portuguese
  • Dutch
  • Portuguese (Brazilian)
  • English (Australia)
  • English (United Kingdom)
  • English (United States)

To select a language to use, move to the desired language in the list, and then press Enter.

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