[duxuser] Re: 8-dot Braille

  • From: pann1 <pann1@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Catherine Thomas <braille@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2006 20:26:34 -0700 (PDT)


Dear Catherine,

I realize that you can use either 6 or 8 dot braille on a braille display,
but I have never liked using 8 dot braille.

I didn't realize other codes besides computer braille used 8 dot braille.

If 8 dot braille becomes common usage, then braillers and slates would
have to change, too, so blind people could write braille manually.
Perhaps some people need 8 dot braille, but I don't.

Terri, Amateur Radio call sign, KF6CA.  Army MARS call sign, AAT9PX
California

On Fri, 16 Jun 2006, Catherine Thomas wrote:



Terri,
People who use Braille displays read the computer screen using 8-dot
Braille. The fact is that its use allows people to identify more than the
63 characters presented in literary Braille. I forget the precise number
of characters available by using 8 dotss--maybe 256 maybe more. As the
number of print symbols visible in all types of print lieterature
increases, literary Braille will be forced to accommodate this factor.
*-dot Braille is one choice. Besides this, two alternative Braille codes
exists--DotsPlus by John Gardner and NUBS by Dr. Abraham Nemeth, author of
the Nemeth Code. Since there are more than 63 print characters in daily
use, 8-dot Braille is one of the possible solutions.
Catherine


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