More about the Braille Format
There are three main types of Braille, Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3:
- Grade 1 Braille has no contractions (each letter of every word is represented in Braille dots), it takes a lot of space and is comparatively slow to read
- Grade 2 Braille has contractions that reduce the size of books and makes reading quicker.
- Grade 3 Braille, Music Braille and Maths Braille also exist but require some complex and specialist notations.
Different languages also have their own versions of Braille.
As the number of Blind readers who learn Braille is decreasing every year, the Braille Authority of the United Kingdom are keen to promote the Value of Braille (external link).
This article discusses the importance of braille awareness and use.
For more information about Braille you might find these websites useful:
- International Council on English Braille (ICEB)
- Braille Authority of the United Kingdom (BAUK)
- Braille Authority of North America (BANA)
- RNIB history of Braille