Braille is one of the most important codes in the world - it is used by blind people to read and write.
It is easy: there are six dot positions, and the dots are raised up (so you can feel them) in special patterns.
Each pattern of dots is a "character" (a letter or number, etc)
The Braille AlphabetThese are the dot patterns for the 26 letters of the alphabet:
Also, if you took out w, then u to z would be like a to e but with two extra dots ... the original code didn't include w!
|The patterns for the numbers are exactly the same as for the letters a to j. So there is this special character to put in front of numbers:|
|Without the "num" character, it would look like "c.adaf"
(Also note the special character for the decimal point)
|Capital Letters are shown by putting this special character in front of them|
Example: Hi Dad!
Our examples have all shown the braille character with its matching letter or number, but that is not normally done.Can you tell what this says?
And how about this one?