Braille Charts Available to Download

Disclaimer

All of these braille charts are meant for Summary Reference Only. This means that the charts do not even begin to tell the whole story. For example, braille contractions largely follow pronunciation. The th contraction is used in think, but not in pothole. Its use in pothole would suggest to a braille reader that the th sound is found in pothole. Words starting with "be", "ded", "den", and "der" are especially tricky. It is precisely for this reason that braille production software and braille transcribers are so useful: these rules are very subtle and difficult to master.

Any person producing quality braille to meet contract standards should consult experts and not this or any other braille chart.


Explanation

These charts try to convey as much of the braille rules as possible, while still being relatively simple. All single word contractions which are represented in braille as a single letter (and a few other contractions) in braille are underlined. That means that in order to be contracted in braille, these words must be isolated from other words. You cannot use the "can" contraction in "Duncan".

The little house symbol is used in several different ways in these tables to reflect different rules and situations. The house symbol shows other text. This symbol is used to show which contractions can be used only in the beginning, middle, or end of a word. Looking at these charts, we see that "dis" needs to be at the beginning of a word, "ff" needs to be in the middle of a word, and that "ness" needs to be at the end of a word. The double house symbol adjacent to punctuation marks stands for text, making it possible to show the opening and closing parenthesis in a single entry.


BANA Braille Chart

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BANA stands for Braille Authority of North America. BANA Braille is used in the United States and Canada.

The 2007 revision of BANA Braille has been released. The only way this update affects this chart is the braille for the slash mark (/), which is now done with a dots 4-5-6, dots 3-4 for both textbook and literary format braille.


British Braille Chart

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BAUK stands for Braille Authority of the United Kingdom. BAUK Braille is used in the United Kingdom. It is also used as the braille standard for many nations when they want to write English Braille. This is especially true for the Commonwealth Nations, and for many African nations.

The contractions of BAUK braille are the same as those for BANA braille as they appear on these charts. However, the contraction rules are used in a different way. In BANA braille, a half syllable boundary is enough to prevent a contraction. In BAUK braille, these contractions are used. For example the "ed" contraction is not used in "edition" in BANA braille, but it is used in BAUK braille.

On the charts, there are differences in the punctuation and the composition signs. There are also differences in terminology. While Americans call it a period, people in England call it a full stop.


UEB Braille Chart

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UEB stands for Unified English Braille, which is a project of the International Council on English Braille.

At the time of this writing, UEB has been adopted by all English-speaking nations.

UEB braille is designed to remove braille ambiguities, and to be closer to the underlying inkprint. Nine contractions of BANA and BAUK braille are eliminated: ally, ation, ble, by, com, dd, into, o'clock, and to. Many of the uses of these contraction rules have changed from BANA and/or BAUK braille. The punctuation and composition signs are revamped almost entirely.

Please note that for space reasons, we have chosen to show the italic sign(s), but not those for boldface, or for underlining. Please read more about UEB Braille from additional sources to fully understand this braille code.

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