Braille and typography – past, present and future

For almost 200 years, the Braille system has helped the visually-impaired read. Created by Louis Braille in the 1820’s after he lost his sight, the system uses embossed dot combinations to represent letters, numbers and punctuation (64 combinations made with 6 dot cells, spelling out every letter of a word, and more combinations representing contracted signs). Today, technology is helping the visually impaired go beyond using just books, with special displays, computer assistance, and even apps, such as Braille Touch. (Discover “this collector’s book with drawings in relief and texts in English, French and Braille”.) Despite Braille having a similar path…

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