Using MathType with Duxbury Braille Translator

Duxbury Braille Translator (DBT) helps you create braille documents or translate existing documents into braille for printing or embossing. With the combination of Duxbury Braille Translator and MathType, you can create a math document in Microsoft Word and translate the document's text and math into braille.

Please note: MathType 7 and later requires DBT 12.3 or later.

If you're new to Duxbury Braille Translator (DBT), please refer to its documentation for help in using it. The instructions on this page will help you use MathType and DBT with Microsoft Word.

Best practices for translating from Word to braille

If you're working with a document that's likely to be translated into braille, you can increase your chances of ending up with a nicely-formatted, easily-readable translation if you first familiarize yourself with a few simple guidelines for using Word. In fact, when producing accessible documents, these "best practices" are so important that Duxbury has compiled a "Top 10 Guidelines" list.

Word to braille

Once you're ready to translate your document, follow these steps:

  1. When you save the Word document, you may choose to save it in the older .doc format or the newer .docx format; DBT will accept either one. We recommend using the docx format if you're using a version of Word that supports it. This is the Word document we'll use for this example:
    sample Microsoft Word document
    Tip: When producing printed output for sighted individuals, it's normally a good idea to use styled text for simple things, such as a single variable (x, for example), mathematical notation such as (h, k) in the above example, or for simple terms like r2. However, if you will be translating the document to braille, you'll have more consistent results and a better translation if you'll use MathType for anything that has mathematical meaning.
  2. In Word's Add-Ins tab, choose the Duxbury Braille command from the DBT dropdown menu:
    Choose the Duxbury Braille command from Word. This is the command at the top of the DBT menu.
  3. After translation, the document will open in DBT. If you want to verify the conversion of the math in the document, choose Codes from the View menu in DBT:
    You can verify the math conversion by choosing Codes View in DBT.
  4. Let DBT do its magic and translate the "print document" into braille:
    DBT translates text and math into braille. Click the link in the preceding text to download the DBT braille file for embossing. This file uses Unified English for literary text and UEB for math.
    Now the document is ready for printing or embossing.
  5. If you need to edit the math in the document, it's best to go back to Word and make the changes to the original document, then let DBT translate it again.