|Unicode name||BRAILLE PATTERN DOTS-45|
The 58th character of the braille script
Invented by Louis Braille, braille cells were arranged in numerical order and assigned to letters of the French alphabet. Most braille alphabets follow this assignment for the 26 letters of the basic Latin alphabet, or for the equivalents of those letters in a non-Latin script.
The first ten braille letters are ⠁⠃⠉⠙⠑⠋⠛⠓⠊⠚, usually assigned to the Latin letters a–j. The next ten repeat that pattern with the addition of a dot at the lower left, the third ten with two dots on the bottom, and the fourth with a dot on the bottom right. The fifth decade is like the first, but shifted downward. Many languages which use braille letters beyond the basic 26 for simple letters in their script follow an approximation of the English values for the additional letters.
- (English Braille) A logogram prefix:
- (English Braille) Marks a short or unstressed syllable
- (French Braille) A currency prefix:
- (French Braille) (used in comic strips)
- (Dutch Braille) marks a word in all caps
- (Czech Braille) Indicates a (lower-case) Greek letter
- (Chinese Two-Cell Braille) (parenthetical; used to spell out omitted words or syllables)
- (IPA Braille) Marks the brackets that demarcate a passage in IPA:
- (English Braille) Metrical use abolished in Unified English Braille.
- (Hungarian Braille) ä
- (Bharati braille) bha
- (Tibetan Braille) superscript ར (ra) (see ⠗)
- (Taiwan Braille) The rime yuan/-üan
- (Cantonese Braille) The rime aan
- (Korean Braille) Initial ㅂ (b)