The 1st character of the braille script, standardized internationally as the digit 1 and the letter a
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.
- (Braille) a
- (Braille, often preceded by capital sign ⠠) Upper-case A
- (Greek Braille) α (a)
- (Yugoslav Braille) a / а
- (Russian Braille) а (a)
- (Hebrew Braille) א (aleph: ’)
- (Arabic Braille) ا (alif: ʾ)
- (Bharati braille) a (only written when initial in a word); अ / ਅ / અ / অ / ଅ / అ / ಅ / അ / அ / අ
- (Tibetan Braille) ཨ (a)
- (Chinese Braille) Tone 1
- (Chinese Two-Cell Braille) The onset g- or the rime -èn (-ìn, -ùn, -ǜn)
- (Taiwan Braille) Tone 0, onset zh [dubious]
- (Cantonese Braille) Tone 2
- (Thai Braille) The vowel ◌ะ short a (same as in Japanese Braille)
- (Korean Braille) Final ㄱ (g/k)
- (Thai Braille) As in print, this is combined with many other vowels to indicate they are short.
- Sources disagree on whether to treat this as a word sign, or simply as the letter ⟨⠁⟩. It makes only a pedagogical difference.