The 53rd 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.
Not used for the hash symbol #, which is how it is sometimes misleadingly transcribed.
In French Braille, ⠠ is used for numbers in the Antoine system, which is more common in academic texts.
- (English Braille) A letter rendering the print sequence -ble.
- (Latvian Braille) ž
- (Bharati braille) ṇa
- (Chinese Braille) The rime eng
- (Chinese Two-Cell Braille) The rime -ěi
- (IPA Braille) ɹ
- (English Braille) Cannot appear at the beginning of a word. Abolished in Universal English Braille.
- used to indicate that the subsequent Braille characters are to be read as digits rather than as letters
- (Chinese Two-Cell Braille) Reduplication mark
- As part of a word it reduplicates a syllable; standing on its own it reduplicates the previous word. Also used as a prefix for numbers.