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Lego Is Finally Introducing Audio and Braille Building Instructions for the Visually Impaired

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2 hours ago, M2m said:

And I learnt that  LXFML stands for LEGO Exchange Format Mel Script

Rather “LEGO Exchange Format Markup Language.”

I mean, that’s what ML stands for with XML-related formats.  The author didn’t even blink at the fact that “Mel Script” would give MS, not ML, whatever “Mel” might mean.  Shoddy writing.

Oh, boy.  I see now there’s an article on Brickset too: https://brickset.com/article/45465 , with about the same content.  I guess it’s LEGO marketting who can’t get its facts right and everybody just repeating without a tiny bit of distance.

I feel old.

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Less terse

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 Check this out folks. Legofortheblind.com This is really cool!! I was just emailing with Matthew Shifrin. Maybe we could give this blind Lego enthusiast some help. How about it?

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I’m the blind Afol that 1960maniac mentioned. If any of you are interested in creating text-based instructions for Lego sets so blind people can build them,    please get in touch via legofortheblind.com. Thanks!

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This is absolutely incredible and as hard as I try I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for you. You are so inspiring and a testament to the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity. I’m sure members here would be really interested in seeing some pictures of your builds or perhaps a video of you building if that’s possible. Your achievements deserve wider attention.

Although I can’t help you with writing instructions I wish you all the very best in your endeavours.

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7 hours ago, SylvainLS said:

I feel old

Welcome to the club.

Other than being old (that's me), feeling old is much worse ... but it is as it is: You are absolutely right.

Best
Thorsten

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13 hours ago, SylvainLS said:

Rather “LEGO Exchange Format Markup Language.”

I mean, that’s what ML stands for with XML-related formats.  The author didn’t even blink at the fact that “Mel Script” would give MS, not ML, whatever “Mel” might mean.  Shoddy writing.

Oh, boy.  I see now there’s an article on Brickset too: https://brickset.com/article/45465 , with about the same content.  I guess it’s LEGO marketting who can’t get its facts right and everybody just repeating without a tiny bit of distance.

I feel old.

Many thanks for the correction. Yes markup language makes more sense. Mel Scripts are part of Maya which is a 3D Software used by many companies (including LEGO). 

10 hours ago, motya105 said:

I’m the blind Afol that 1960maniac mentioned. If any of you are interested in creating text-based instructions for Lego sets so blind people can build them,    please get in touch via legofortheblind.com. Thanks!

Nice to meet you. It would be nice if LEGO would:

provide their software (or open source it) to ‘convert’ lxfml files to text based instructions. 

Provide updates (or open source) LDD so people can continue to create lxf(ml) files. 

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8 hours ago, M2m said:

Mel Scripts are part of Maya which is a 3D Software used by many companies (including LEGO).

Ah, so MEL (Maya Embedded Language) Scripts.  I guess a part of the phrase/process was lost somewhere, maybe even only a little “and” (as in “we use LXFML, LEGO eXchange Format, and MEL Scripts”).  What’s irksome is that everybody just repeated/republished something that makes no sense.  I know everybody can’t be a specialist in everything but I had hope they could at least read and spell :wink:

But that’s the old fart I’m becoming speaking.  Both initiatives are commendable and very welcome.

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I agree and I am quite sure LXFML is for markup language, but also I don’t think it’s too far fetched to mistake it for MEL. I mean the X is also for Exchange, while Exchange clearly starts with an E, and it’s still isn’t LEFML :wink:

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Ha! And the X in XML is for eXtensible.  I guess X just sounds more “High-Tech.”  At least they didn’t use “2000” in the name :grin:

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"2000" :laugh_hard: that was in and before 1999, right? "Y2k". That was fun. 19 years ago ... holy moly.

On another thought: When you say "X" is sounds like "Ex". Depending on the situation of course ... "my ex-girlfriend" would become an XG then ... the possibilities are endless!

Well, TLG wise we have: The RCX, the NXT, and EV3. As far as I am concerned the two former sound more powerful than the latter. EVX would have been cooler. Or XEV.

Yes, it is the X that makes the difference. As in X-ray. Or X-tra large. Or XXXL ...    

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Let's get back to the topic of Instructions for the blind. What can you do to contribute to this project?

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On 8/28/2019 at 3:53 PM, grum64 said:

Re: pictures of me building, you can find them on legofortheblind.com, or by watching the documentary How Lego Helps Blind People See on YouTube. Thank you all for your help!  is absolutely incredible and as hard as I try I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for you. You are so inspiring and a testament to the power of the human spirit to overcome adversity. I’m sure members here would be really interested in seeing some pictures of your builds or perhaps a video of you building if that’s possible. Your achievements deserve wider attention.

Although I can’t help you with writing instructions I wish you all the very best in your endeavours.

 

Lego are still working on their conversion software. I don’t know if it will be publically available, but making it open source would be awesome!

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That's awesome. I had a look at the different possibilities LEGO provides for the blind with this project based on Matthew Shifrin work.

I'm going to build a mentioned set as a sighted person without peeking. I wonder if it's ok to publish the braille instrunctions if I translate it to German?

 

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Get in touch with the innovation director  of the Lego Creative Play Lab, re: translations, since the instructions are Legos’. Thanks! 

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