|Unicode name||BRAILLE PATTERN DOTS-456|
The 59th 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 long or stressed syllable
- (Unified English Braille) Line marker (as in poetry)
- (French Braille) The emphasis marker (bold, italic, underline)
- (Chinese Two-Cell Braille) (parenthetical; used to supply a synonym)
- (English Braille) Metrical use abolished in Unified English Braille.
- (Hungarian Braille) A letter rendering the print digraph ly
- (Slovak Braille) ľ
- (Bharati braille) ḷa
- (Chinese Braille) The rime yun/-ün
- (Taiwan Braille) The rime wang/-uang
- (Cantonese Braille) The rime am
- (Czech Braille)|
- (IPA Braille) Marks non-combining modifiers, such as prosody marks and tone letters