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1. First, some terminology. Braille is a tactile system. What does tactile mean?
2. A little more basic terminology: Print is, well, printed. What is the process to create braille?
3. It is vital to orient our reading matter correctly and to know what direction we will be using to read. Printed matter in English and other European languages is read horizontally, from left to right. Hebrew is read horizontally, from right to left. And Asian languages such as Chinese are read vertically from top to bottom. How is braille typically read?
4. There is a name for the individual block (or the space it theoretically occupies), made up of six dots in which each individual braille character is formed. What is the name for this block, which is also the name of the Spartan room where a monk lives?
5. What makes up the cell, the basic unit of braille?
6. What is interpoint braille?
7. What is one common way to reduce the bulk of braille documents and books?
8. Ready to start reading? Make sure your hands are thoroughly washed and dried. This is not only for hygiene but also for comfort. Open your book and place your gently curved hands on the page, left hand trailing the right. Use your right forefinger to find the beginning of the line. Feel that first character? It is a single dot in position one of the braille cell. What is the identity of this letter, which can also represent the number 1?
9. In braille, the first ten letters of the alphabet are all formed using combinations of the upper dots, that is dots 1, 2, 4 and 5.
10. We've talked about letters, but there's more to written language than letters. What about punctuation? Does braille include periods, commas, question marks and the like?
11. Since braille is by its nature a non-visual reading system, how are typographic changes like capitalization and italics indicated?
12. What exactly is a contraction in the context of braille?
13. Do contractions only represent whole words?
14. As well as numerous contractions, Grade2 or Contracted braille also uses short form words such as BRL (braille), SD (said) and RCV (receive). What purpose do these shortened words serve?
15. According to the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), what percentage of blind children in the U.S. are taught to read braille?
Source: Author Catreona
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