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From: "Don Osborn" <dzo@xxxxxx>
To: qalam @ yahoogroups . com
Subject: Re: IMLD, 2/21/05: Braille & sign languages
Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2005 14:24:29 -0000

Jonathon, I must confess that I know very little about braille, so the question is open and naive. I respond to your questions in the text below...

--- In qalam@yahoogroups.com, Jonathon Blake <jonathon.blake@g...> wrote:
> Don wrote:
DZO> > different forms of braille writing or "symbols" used
JB> Do you mean different as in
> i) Grade 1, Grade 1.5, Grade 2, and Grade 3 Braille?

If these refer to progressive versions, the latest of which supercedes the previous, then probably not.

> ii) Braille written in English, and in French?

If the braille alphabet is the same (apart perhaps extra symbols for the diacritical [accented] characters in French), then no. But is the same braille used in say China, Russia, or the Middle East as in the US? If not, then this would be part of what I mean.

> iii) Other systems of written communication used by the blind?

Yes, including perhaps indigenous systems that do not have the prestige and perhaps other qualities of the dominant braille system (s).

TIA for any info...


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