Computer Music Politics Miscellany


Viewing this Braille page properly will require installing the UniBraille font on your machine. Instructions for installing fonts on Linux systems can be found on the “Fonts on X” page. Windows users should follow MS's instructions for installing fonts. Font installation on Mac OS X seems to be a matter of double clicking the zip file then double clicking the TTL file and selecting the "Install" button. Although they may work, other fonts are not supported for viewing this page at this time. UniBraille contains both 6-dot and Unicode 8-dot braille in the same set. UniBraille font set is currently under development, but works with this web page and is free. I still have a few issues to resolve with the UniBraille font but it will be released with some form of the GNU license when I'm finished. For more information contact Bob at:

If the following line is not presented as 6-dot braille, you need the UniBraille font:


Officially approved English Braille comes in two systems: Grade 1 Braille that is not contracted and Grade2 Braille that is contracted. In Grade 1 the word “braille” would be represented by the following pattern of dots
which are literally the letters ‘b-r-a-i-l-l-e’.

In Grade 2 the word “braille” would be contracted to “brl” and be represented by the pattern

All the letters, numbers, punctuation, math symbols, music notation, etc. have to be represented by the 63 possible 6-dot combinations.

And now, for something completely different, here is an example of 8-dot Braille:

[Lots of work left to do on this page!]

Last updated: Saturday, 13-Sep-2014 01:47:37 UTC