Exploring the Juliet 120: Braille Layout Settings

In part one of this series, we focused on getting started with The Juliet 120 from Enabling Technologies  with a focus on orientation and the Direct Braille function.  In Part 2, we explored the menu and settings in greater detail and explored printing options.  

Photo of Juliet embosser showing the menu buttons and options.Menu Keys - A Review

The menu button (labeled in braille on the machine) is used in conjunction with the navigation “cross”, which contains up, down, left and right navigation keys as well as an OK/Confirm button in the middle.


The functions of each of the navigation keys are as follows:

  • Arrow Up: Moves to the next menu item
  • Arrow Down: Moves to the next menu item
  • Arrow Left: Moves to a higher menu level OR to a previous step within a wizard
  • Arrow Right: Moves to a lower menu level OR to a next step within a wizard
  • OK: Confirms selection

Please refer to the Menus Settings and Options article (part 2 in this series) for further review.  

Menu Structure - The Branches

As you may recall, we have been referring to the options in the menu as “branches”, each with its own offshoots and settings.  The following are the five “branches”

  • Print
  • Braille Layout
  • Communication
  • User Service
  • Protected Service

As previously mentioned, we covered the Print Branch in part two of this series.  So let’s move forward into the next branch. 

The Braille Layout Branch

There are several submenus (sub-branches) and functions for adjusting the braille layout.  You can access these submenus by pressing the right and left arrow keys on the navigation cross.  

Please note that to get to the braille layout branch, you must press the down arrow twice after pressing the menu key.  

After the Juliet 120 says the words “braille layout”, each time you press arrows, you will move among the submenus in that branch.  The right arrow will move you to the next item. If you press the left arrow, you will move to the previous item. 

To choose levels or options below the submenu, you will again use the up/down navigation keys.  Once you hear the option you want to select, press the OK/Confirm button

Below are the submenu items under the Print branch:

  • Edit Active Layout (1-9)
  • Add Layout
  • User Defined Paper
  • Delete Layout
  • Backup Layout
  • Restore Layout
  • Select Active Layout

Let’s take a look at each of these submenus

Edit Active Layout 1-9

The Juliet 120 has space for up to nine user defined layouts.  Why might this be useful? 

If, for example, you frequently change between contracted UEB braille on 11.5x11 paper for one student and contracted EBAE braille on 8.5x11.5 paper for another, you can create two predefined layouts. As previously mentioned, you can have up to nine different layouts that may vary in more than one way, with each layout “assigned” to the needs of a particular student.  

The first option in the menu is the option to edit the current/active layout.  Your current layout is probably layout one, but it may be layout two or layout three and so on.  This is the setting where you can change paper size, margins, or other settings in the current active layout.   

This submenu has two options:

  • Standard Wizard
  • Advanced Wizard

The standard wizard walks you through the various options in the layout.  You may select your paper size, print type (single vs double sided), the braille translation table, and the various binding margins as well as lines per page or characters per line.  More information on wizards can be found in the section entitled Navigating Wizards.  The important thing to remember is that the wizard walks you through all of the aforementioned options as well as others.  

Add Layout

This option simply adds a layout that you can later edit in the Edit Active Layout menu described above.  It assigns a layout number (the lowest one available) to the new layout you’ve created.  Remember, this menu option simply adds a layout.

Please note, you can only have nine layouts saved in the Juliet 120 so if you already have nine, the layout will not be added and your embosser will tell you so.  You will learn how to delete a layout later. 

User Defined Paper

This setting allows you to enter the User Defined Paper Wizard.  We won’t address this setting in great detail since there are very few instances when most users will need to define their own paper size.  Using the Layout Wizard will walk you through the process. Please see the section entitled Navigation Wizards

Delete Layout

This setting is pretty self-explanatory.  If you have found that either one of the layouts included in the Juliet 120 setup isn’t meeting your needs or if you simply want to delete a layout and start from scratch, this is where you’d delete that layout.  Simply use the arrow keys to select the layout you want to delete and press OK to confirm.  

Back Up Layout 

Layouts can be backed up to either internal memory or a USB.  Though the majority of individuals will not need more than nine layouts per embosser, this features makes it possible to back up and save layouts that you’ve created and may not need to have immediately accessible, but still want to be retrievable in the future.  

Restore Layout

Obviously, if you want to back up layouts, you’ll want the ability to restore them.  You can restore layouts you’ve saved yourself on a USB and/or internal memory, distributor layouts, or restore the factory default layouts.  This last one is particularly useful, particularly if you or a person who has had access to the embosser have made several layout changes and you need to “start fresh”.  

Select Active Layout

As we have seen, you may edit a layout, add a layout (to be edited later), or delete a layout.  This setting is how you select which layout you’d like to use from that point forward until the layout is changed again.  Remember, you can have up to nine layouts saved in the embosser at a time based on the needs of your students.

Navigating Wizards

Let’s take a minute to explain how wizards, in general, work on the Juliet 120 since they have been referenced in this article more than once already and likely will be again in future articles on this topic.

Wizards are found in a variety of products and are primarily used to guide the user through setup processes.  All of the Wizards on the Juliet 120 follow the same user interface structure.

When you hear the embosser say, for example, “Standard Wizard”, simply start the wizard by pressing the OK button.

You will be guided through the Wizard by spoken audio steps.  As the Wizard moves ahead, if you hear a setting that you do not wish to alter, you can move ahead by using the right arrow key to go forward to the next option. If, for some reason, you want to go to a previous option, simply press the left arrow.

If you find a setting you wish to alter, simply press OK to enter edit mode and then use the up and down arrows until the setting is at the desired value and then press OK again.  

Once you have gone through all steps in the Wizard, the Juliet will prompt you to press OK to save. 


Now that we have reviewed the print and braille layout branches, you should be able to produce direct braille from a USB.  The next article will wrap up our series by talking about the remaining three “branches” in the menu. 

For those of you who would like to refer to the Juliet 120 User Guide, it is available in a downloadable PDF from the Enabling Technologies website.  It is important to note, however, that the manual was written to be used with either the Juliet 120 or Romeo 60 embosser, so some features are not described specifically for the Juliet 120.  The line drawing, for example, contains some buttons that are not on the Juliet 120 but are presumably on the Romeo 60. As long as you are aware of this going into the document, it will be much less confusing.   

In the last installment in this series, I will be cover the Communications and User Settings.



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