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RoboBraille Service Summary
RoboBraille is an email-based service capable of converting documents into a range of
accessible formats including Braille, mp3, Daisy and various e-book formats. The service
can furthermore be used to convert otherwise inaccessible documents such as scanned
images and pdf files into more accessible formats. RoboBraille has been in operation
since 2004 and currently serves thousands of user requests each month from users
across the world.
The service is developed jointly by the National Danish Center for Visual Impairment for
Children and Youth and Sensus ApS. RoboBraille is available free of charge to non-
commercial users and users need not register to use the service. The development and
operation of RoboBraille has been funded by the Danish Government, the European
Commission and private foundations.
In January 2010, the RoboBraille services received the prestigious BETT Award for best
Special Education Needs solution. The service has previously received the Access IT
Award for Learning for most affordable eLearning solution (2009), The National eWell-
Being Award for ”Reaching the Digitally Excluded” (2009), the European Commission
eInclusion Award for e-Accessibility Award (2008), the Well-Tech Award for Innovation
and Accessibility (2008) and the British Computer Society's Social Contribution Award
RoboBraille offers six different categories of service:
Braille transcription services: Translation to and from Braille (contracted, un-
contracted) in Danish, British English, American English, Italian, French, Greek,
German, Icelandic, Norwegian, Portuguese and Spanish. Supported document types
include text files (DOS and Windows), Microsoft Word documents (doc, docx, Word
xml), html documents, rtf files, tiff, gif, jpg, bmp, pcx, dcx, j2k, jp2, jpx, djv and all
types of pdf documents. Before the Braille document is returned to the user, it may
be converted to a particular Braille character set based on user settings. Documents
can also be returned in Unicode Braille or formatted in either text format or PEF
(Portable Embosser Format).
Audio conversion services: All document types listed in the previous section may
be converted into mp3 files. Furthermore, RoboBraille is capable of converting well-
structured Word documents (doc, docx, xml) into Daisy Talking Books complete with
audio. The audio conversion services currently include high-quality voices for the
following languages: Arabic, Arabic/English bilingual, Danish, English/American,
English/British, German, Polish, French, Italian, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Slovenian
Spanish/Castilian and Spanish/Latin American.
Accessibility services: Otherwise inaccessible documents such as image files in gif,
tiff, jpg, bmp, pcx, dcx, j2k, jp2, jpx, djv and image-only pdf, as well as all types of
pdf files can be converted to more accessible formats including tagged pdf, doc,
docx, Word xml, xls, xlsx, csv, text, rtf and html.
E-Book conversion services: Most document types listed above may be converted
into the popular ePub and Mobi (Kindle) e-book formats. Furthermore, epub may be
converted to mobi and vice versa.
Visual Braille services: To support the requirements of pharmaceutical companies,
RoboBraille can create graphical Braille artwork based on the Braille codes of many
European countries. Pharmaceuticals, printers and designers submit control files with
the product name and strength, Braille number encoding regime and language
codes. A subscription is required for these services.