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Do you know what Braille is?

Posted by Frank Murch | May 27, 2013 12:43:00 PM

Braille is a series of raised readable by touch. It is an alphabet, and has a series of shortcut for common words. Louis Braille invented the system and it carries his name. It was based off a military “night reader” code.

Braille has groupings of dots knows as cells.  Generally one cell is one letter. Each cell has space for six raised dots in two parallel rows, 3 dots per row. So for each 3 dot row there can be 0, or 3 (in the 123 position), dot can be in the number 1, or 2 or 3 position or 2 dots in the 12, 23, or 13 position – that is 8 ways. There are 2 rows so 8 X 8 is 64. There are 64 possible combinations. Each cell is a letter, number, punctuation mark, or certain common word.

There are three grades.

Grade 1 is where the word in spelled out. This is mainly seen in labeling. Kitchen and personal items use Grade 1 Braille.

Grade 2 braille is used in text – it is shortened. It is also known as “literary Braille” So here is a text example in Grade 1

Grade 3 Braille is used as a personal writing system and has about 300 short cuts

Here is an example

 Braille Example 1

you             like            him

But the same thing written in Grade 2 is shortened because common worlds are shortened. The letters y and l are used for letters AND shorthand for the common words you and like.

 Braille Example 2

you        like        him


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Topics: Grade 2 Braille, Grade 3 Braille, ADA, Grade 1 Braille, military night reader code, Louis Braille, what is Braille?


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