Describing Unified English Braille

Episode 1 – Why Unified English Braille


In this short series we describe the major differences between Standard English Braille (SEB) and unified English Braille (UEB).

Part 1 explores some of the challenges facing braille in the UK and we introduce some of the main benefits of UEB.

We are also reminded how to show capitals with dot 6.

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Episode 2 – Contractions

9 Standard English Braille contractions have been retired to reduce ambiguity and improve flexibility. We list these contractions along with examples.

Plus, we explain how spaces in print are now always shown in braille.

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Episode 3 – Punctuation

As with contractions, most punctuation symbols are unchanged.

New single and double quote signs, brackets and dash are introduced.

We also demonstrate how to write email and web addresses without needing a special computer code.

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Episode 4 – Numbers and Maths

In episode 2 we learned that dots 3-4-5-6 in UEB is always a number sign and no longer “ble”.

To help make braille more consistent with print, decimal points are shown using a full stop dots 2-5-6. Consequently you can now use a regular comma (dot 2) or colon (dots 2-5) as separators for long numbers, time of day and in telephone numbers.

We explain small changes to math signs and writing fractions.

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Episode 5 – Money and Measuring

The pound sign is now dot 4 l, Euro is dot 4 e and dollar is dot 4 s.

We have a new percent sign dots 4-6 followed by a lower J.

The new degrees sign is dots 4 5 j.

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Episode 6 – Style and other Characters

Bold and underline can now be shown in addition to italics. We explain how 2 cells are used to indicate which of these type forms is being used and how far it extends.

We also cover bullets and asterisks as well as some commonly used accents.

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Get more information about braille from RNIB:

Tel: 03031239999

Web: www.rnib.org.uk/braille

Email: helpline@rnib.org.uk