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FILE2BRL(1) User Commands FILE2BRL(1)


file2brl - Translate an xml or a text file into an embosser-ready braille file


file2brl [OPTION] [inputFile] [outputFile]


Translate an xml, html or a text file into an embosser-ready braille file. This includes translation into grade two, if desired, mathematical codes, etc. It also includes formatting according to a built-in style sheet which can be modified by the user.

If inputFile is not specified or '-' input is taken from stdin. If outputFile is not specified the output is sent to stdout.

display this help and exit
display version information and exit
name a configuration file that specifies how to do the translation
backward translation
reformat a braille file
Treat as text even if xml
html document, not xhtml
translate a poorly formatted file
treat each block of text ending in a newline as a paragraph. If there are two newline characters a blank line will be inserted before the next paragraph
specify particular configuration settings They override any settings that are specified in a config file
path for temp files and log file
write errors to file2brl.log instead of stderr


Written by John J. Boyer.


Report bugs to <>.


Copyright © 2013 ViewPlus Technologies, Inc. and JJB Software, Inc. License GPLv3+: GNU GPL version 3 or later <>.
This is free software: you are free to change and redistribute it. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.


The full documentation for file2brl is maintained as a Texinfo manual. If the info and file2brl programs are properly installed at your site, the command

info liblouisutdml

should give you access to the complete manual.

October 2020 liblouisutdml 2.10.0